Case: Kennington stabbing: Gerry Gaffney
Gerry Gaffney
Case unsolved
Status: Solved
Categories: Uncategorised
Case synopsis:

Gerry Gaffney, 46, died eight days after being stabbed in Kennington.

Police and paramedics were called to Vassall Road at around 8.30pm on 13 May 2018.

Mr Gaffney, a rigger who worked at the O2 Academy in Brixton, died in hospital on 21 May 2018.

Jonathan Shay, 52 (27.05.65), of Vassall Road, Kennington, was arrested near the scene and charged with attempted murder on 15 May.

Shay was later charged with murder and went on trial at the Old Bailey on 22 October 2018. He was cleared of murder on 31 October 2018.

The court heard Shay had a history of paranoid schizophrenia and was known in the area for his eccentric fashion sense.

Earlier on the day of the incident Shay had hit Mr Gaffney in the face with a cane during a row.

A few hours later Mr Gaffney saw Shay near the Golden Goose pub and attempted to confront him in the street.

Shay returned to his flat and Mr Gaffney was heard banging on the door and shouting at him to leave his daughter alone.

Anthony Orchard, QC, prosecuting, said "Inside the premises, in the communal area, there was a brief fight during which Jonathan Shay produced a knife.

"Gerry Gaffney suffered three stab injuries; one of which pierced his heart."

Shay told the court he was acting in self defence.

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