A man has been found not guilty of murder, 24 years after pet shop worker Arthur Brumhill was found dead in the shop where he worked.
Stuart Jenkins, aged 41, of Ossett in West Yorkshire, faced a 14-day trial at Northampton Crown Court, charged with murder, but was found not guilty by the jury.
Mr Brumhill was found dead on 22 January, 1993, by colleagues at Denton’s Pet and Garden Centre in Wellingborough Road, Northampton. The 76-year-old had died as a result of head injuries, and a bag of straw from the shop had been ripped open and emptied on top of him.
Mr Jenkins, who was 17 years old at the time, had worked in the pet shop for four weeks but following a disagreement, had left in November 1992. While he was questioned at the time of the murder, he was later released.
A number of reviews have taken place in the past 24 years and developments in forensic fingerprinting led to the arrest and charge in 2016.
Detective Chief Inspector Louise Hemingway, who led the investigation, said: “We accept the decision reached by the jury.
“I am disappointed for Mr Brumhill’s family who have come this far after waiting 24 years.
“We will continue to explore any opportunity to bring the offender or offenders to justice for this horrific crime. We remain committed to forensic developments in this case.”