A man has been cleared of murdering child killer David Gaut in New Tredegar.
A jury at Newport Crown Court were yesterday told by the judge to find Darren Evesham not guilty due to a lack of evidence.
Evesham had been on trial alongside David Osborne, 51, Ieuan Harley, 23, who both deny the murder.
Gaut, 54, was found dead at his flat on Long Row in New Tredegar on Saturday, August 4, last year.
The trial of three men accused of murdering Gaut had been told how the victim had been stabbed more than 150 times.
Gaut had served more than 32 years in prison for murdering toddler Chi Ming Shek in 1985.
The trial, which began at Newport Crown Court on January 17, has been told how Gaut claimed he had been jailed for killing a soldier when he moved next door to Osborne, six weeks before his death.
Internet searches by neighbours revealed the truth about his past and the three defendants were alleged to have lured Gaut to Osborne’s flat – on the pretence of borrowing some DVDs – where they murdered him.
Osborne, from Long Row, Elliots Town, New Tredegar; Harley, of no fixed address; deny the murder of Mr Gaut between August 1 and 4 last year and their trial continues.