A Swindon man has been found guilty of manslaughter at Bristol Crown Court on Monday 9 November.
Jason Voong, 29 from Southbrook Street, killed Aulton (Tom) Rogers on the cycle track between the Oasis Leisure Centre and Station Road, at around 11:30pm, on Thursday 26 June 2014. Tom was stabbed multiple times and sadly died at the scene.
A murder investigation was launched and DNA was found on a knife that was located near to the scene. Voong was identified as a suspect, arrested and later charged with Tom’s murder.
From the outset Voong admitted to killing Tom, but pleaded not guilty to his murder as he was suffering from a recognised mental disorder. Today he was found guilty of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
Voong was also found guilty of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm on Swindon woman Leanne James.
The 23 year old was walking along the same cycle path at around 10:40pm on Thursday 8 May 2014, Voong grabbed Leanne from behind, dragged her to the side of the path and violently attacked her with a pool cue.
Leanne was left with serious injuries but fortunately a member of the public found her and called an ambulance. Although she has made a full recovery she has been left emotionally scarred by the incident.
Superintendent Sean Memory said: “Tom was brutally killed by Voong as he cycled home from his job at the Woodlands Edge pub in Peatmoor.
“This was a totally unprovoked attack and, tragically, it appears that Tom was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.
“Tom’s death took place just over a month after Leanne James was left with serious head injuries after she was attacked by Voong on the same cycle path. Thankfully, she survived this attack.
“Voong is a violent and very dangerous individual who has twice randomly attacked members of the public with no apparent motive.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the local community in Swindon for their continued support throughout this investigation.
“I would also like to thank my team, colleagues at the Crown Prosecution Service and to commend Leanne and Tom’s family for their dignity throughout this difficult time.
“Our thoughts remain with them at this time.”
Voong will be sentenced at Bristol Crown Court on a date yet to be fixed.
Pictured above: The underpass near Station Road where Tom Rogers was found.