Eagle-eyed security guard spotted wanted murderer begging on the street

River Island security guard William Smith was working in Liverpool city centre when he recognised killer Michael Foran who was was sentenced to life in prison in October 2019 for the brutal killing of a woman

A River Island security guard spotted a wanted murderer on begging on the streets of Liverpool.

William Smith was working as guard in the city centre when he recognised killer Michael Foran and alerted police.

Foran strangled his girlfriend June Jones and then repeatedly stabbed her in a brutal attack at her West Bromwich flat in December 2018.

After going on the run, Foran was eventually tracked down and sentenced to life in prison in October 2019.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Will said: “I told [West Midlands Police] what I’d seen. They asked me to send the pictures, I sent them to them.

“They said they’d get to Liverpool for the Saturday morning. They came, introduced themselves and within half an hour this male was detained.”

June “Katie” Jones, 33, was found with 21 knife wounds around her neck and the left side of her chest and is believed to have lain dead in the bath of the flat she shared with Foran for three weeks before she was found.

Her body was only discovered when police forced their way in to the property on New Year’s Eve, 2018.

William identified him following a public appeal and alerted West Midlands Police to his whereabouts.

Dad-of-six Will shared a chain of emails between himself and West Midlands Police in which an officer thanked him for helping them capture the wanted man.

In one message a detective working for the force told the 50-year-old security guard: “Thanks Will, all down to you!”

Will said he wanted to make sure Foran was caught: “I’m a father. I have a daughter, I have granddaughters.”

He claims he attempted to report the sighting of Foran to Merseyside Police before contacting the West Midlands force.

However, a spokeswoman for the force said Merseyside Police were unable to locate any log of this call to operators.

Will received an award from Interr, the security company he is employed by at River Island, for his efforts in helping capture a wanted murderer.

Foran, 33, from West Bromwich, was captured on CCTV leaving his flat with friend Keith O’Dwyer before  escaping to Liverpool in his accomplice’s car.

On January 1, Foran was spotted on a camera at an Esso petrol station in  Anfield and police said they believed he had  fled to the city in the hope of travelling to Ireland and evading justice.

Just four days later, detectives confirmed that Foran was found  begging on the streets of Liverpool city centre, almost four weeks after police believed June was murdered on December 10.

He was arrested and transported back to the West Midlands where he was charged with June’s murder.

A Birmingham Crown Court In October 2019, Foran was sentenced to life in prison to serve a minimum of 17 years before being eligible to apply for parole.

Keith O’Dwyer, 35, from West Bromwich, pleaded guilty to assisting an offender. He was sentenced to 16 months in prison.

The family of June, also known as Katie, released the following statement moments after he was sentenced.

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The statement said: “Today, justice has been done for our beloved Katie. Finally, Michael Foran faced up to the gravity of the overwhelming evidence against him, forcing him to plead guilty to Katie’s murder.

“We will always miss Katie and will know she will be forever in our hearts.

“We now as a family hope to move on now justice has been done and Katie can finally rest in peace

Source – Liverpool Echo

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