Jury fail to reach verdict on Joe Kent manslaughter charge

MPMC Joe Kent tatooist
MPMC Joe Kent tatooist

The jury in the trial of the man accused of killing Joseph Kent outside the Xscape in Milton Keynes have failed to reach a verdict on the manslaughter charge.

The five men and seven women were discharged today and the prosecution have seven days to consider whether a retrial will take place.

But prosecutor Iain Wicks said the probability was that Samir Bostan would face trial again.

Following the three week trial at Luton Crown Court the jury did reach verdicts on other charges related to the same incident.

They found Bostan’s cousin Hamza Noor, not guilty of assaulting Mr Kent’s friend, Andrew Curzon-Berners causing actual bodily harm. Mr Noor, 22 of Ranelagh Road, Wembley faces no other charges.

They convicted Bostan of that charge by a majority verdict of 10-2, but cleared him of assaulting Mr Kent’s brother, Matthew, causing actual bodily harm.

Bostan, 26, of Wolston Meadow, Middleton, Milton Keynes has been remanded on bail.

Joseph Kent, 24, and his wife Emma were out celebrating her 22nd birthday with family and friends on January 12 last year.

At the end of a night out they went to the Kentucky Fried Chicken takeaway at the Xscape where Mr Kent received two punches to the head. The second blow caused a fatal injury from which he died.