A Thames Valley Police officer investigating the murder of Kyle Byfield have thanked Kyle’s family for their support during the investigation and trial.
Mr Byfield, 23, died after being stabbed on April 16. Natasha Capell, 26, of Jubilee Court, in Banbury has been found guilty of his murder following a seven-day trial at Oxford Crown Court.
Senior investigating officer, Det Supt Chris Ward, from the Major Crime Unit at Thames Valley Police, said: “Our condolences and thoughts remain with Kyle’s family and friends.
“I would like to thank them for their support throughout this very difficult time.
“This is a tragic case where Kyle’s family and friends have lost the person they loved.
“The events of this night show the dangers of excessive drinking and taking drugs.
“Capell was three times over the legal limit of alcohol for driving at the time of the offence.
“I hope today’s outcome gives Kyle’s family some closure.
“I am grateful to the work of those in Thames Valley Police and the Crown Prosecution Service which has helped in securing this murder conviction.”
Just before 8am on April 16, South Central Ambulance Service received a 999 call following the collapse of a man at Jubilee Court in Banbury.
Mr Byfield was taken to hospital where he later died.
A post-mortem exam established he had died from a stab wound to the chest.
Capell is due to be sentenced at the same court tomorrow, Thursday.
Adrian Foster, chief crown prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service Thames and Chiltern said: “Natasha Capell flew into a drunken rage with Kyle Byfield after she had been drinking for many hours.
“The jury rejected her account of events and convicted her of the offence of murder.
“They found that in using a 12-inch kitchen knife to stab him in the chest she intended to cause him really serious harm.
“Nothing can undo the loss that she has caused to Kyle’s family and friends and our thoughts are with them today.”