A man accused of murdering 33-year-old Scott Edward Cooper on the Isle of Wight in January 2022 has been found not guilty.
Police attended a flat in George Street, Ryde, on the afternoon of Tuesday 4 January where the body of Scott, from Newport, was discovered.
Following an investigation led by the Major Crime team, 38-year-old Piers Carl Brazier, of George Street in Ryde, was charged with Scott’s murder.
Today, Thursday 5 January following a trial at Newport Crown Court, he was found not guilty of murder.
Detective Chief Inspector Adam Edwards said: “Officers worked tirelessly to bring this investigation before the courts.
“We are disappointed by today’s verdict however we must respect the jury’s decision.
“We hope that the public remain reassured that we will always do everything in our power to investigate incidents such as these thoroughly, to support the families of victims, and to protect the wider public.
“Our thoughts remain with Scott’s family and friends.”