A MAN who left his victim to die alone on the street after stabbing him in the chest has been convicted for murder.

Oliver Allerton, 27 of no fixed abode, was found guilty by unanimous jury for one count of murder, grievous bodily harm with intent and possession of a knife following a two week trial at Reading Crown Court.

Victoria Quinton, 21, of Priestwood was acquitted of one count of murder at the same hearing.

Quinton has been found guilty of manslaughter by unanimous jury.

On November 5, Zelous Smythe was involved in a collision with a car being driven by Quinton.

The victim was then stabbed on Nine Mile Ride by Allerton and the pair then fled from the scene.

Mr Smythe had a single stab wound to the chest and defensive wounds to his forearm and hand, caused by a blade.

The pair then left Smythe to die on the street without calling emergency services.

Despite the efforts of paramedics, the 27-year-old from Camberley was pronounced dead at the scene.

The jury heard how Allerton had owed money to Mr Smythe in relation to a debt.

On November 8, Quinton and Allerton were charged with murder following the incident.

Allerton was also convicted of GBH and for carrying a knife following an incident in Reeds Hill on October 6.

The victim, a man in his twenties was assaulted with a knife and sustained cuts to his hands which required treatment.

Senior investigating officer Detective Inspector Sally Spencer, of the Major Crime unit, said: “Firstly, our thoughts are with the family and friends of Zelous, who is the victim in this case and lost his life on the 5 November last year.

“Zelous suffered a single stab wound and died at the scene in Nine Mile Ride.

“Neither Allerton or Quinton helped Zelous after stabbing him and essentially left him to die at the scene of the murder Allerton committed.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank members of the public who stopped to help Zelous and those witnesses who have come forward providing essential CCTV footage and information to assist the investigation which led to these convictions.”

The sentencing date is yet to be confirmed for Allerton and Quinton.