A man has today (Thursday 24 November) been found guilty of the murder of Macaulay Byrne at a Sheffield pub on Boxing Day last year.
Bovic Mupolo, aged 21, of The Boxhill in Coventry, West Midlands, denied murder, but was found guilty by a jury and is now awaiting sentence.
After the jury handed out their verdict, Detective Superintendent Mick Hakin, leading the investigation, said: “We hope that the Byrne family, as well as all his friends, can now begin to process what happened that night.”
At about 9.55pm on Boxing Day last year (Sunday 26 December, 2021), South Yorkshire Police received a phone call from a member of the public reporting a man had been stabbed at the Gypsy Queen pub on Drake House Lane in Beighton, Sheffield. The victim was Macaulay Byrne. He was taken to Northern General Hospital, but despite the best efforts of medical staff he sadly died later that night.
Witnesses described seeing Mupolo with a bladed article at the scene, and this is where officers focussed their efforts.
CCTV cameras were trawled, and footage located showing Mupolo and an associate arrive at the pub by taxi. They were spoken to by a number of males and a fight breaks out, with Mr Byrne and Mupolo ending up outside. CCTV showed a physical altercation between the pair which caused Mr Byrne to stumble. He then walked back towards the pub where he revealed four stab wounds to his associates.
Mupolo and his associate continued their altercation with others outside the pub before leaving the scene.
They entered a taxi on nearby Violet Avenue, being dropped off near to an address on Sidney Street, in Rotherham.
The following day, 27 December 2021, a warrant was executed on the address where clothing worn by Mupolo during the incident was seized, leading to blood being found on Mupolo’s sweatshirt.
Mupolo was later arrested and charged with murder.
After the jury returned their verdict the family of Macaulay – known as Coley - spoke about their ‘satisfaction’ at seeing Mupolo convicted. They said: “We, the family of Coley Byrne, are satisfied that today justice has been served.
“Coley was a much-loved son, brother, father, nephew and grandson.
“Coley will live on in our hearts forever and the verdict delivered today goes some way to help us process the events which took him from us.
“We now ask for privacy in the hope that we can attempt to move forward as a family.”
Det Supt Hakin added: “A lot of work by officers and staff contributed to getting to this point. The investigation was large, with multiple witnesses spoken to, many CCTV cameras watched back and many lines of enquiry followed to establish what happened to Macaulay in the Gypsy Queen and as he went outside.
“Our thoughts as always are with all those affected by what happened that night. We hope now that Mupolo has faced the courts Macaulay’s family can begin to move forward with their lives.
“Thank you to everyone who spoke to us as part of this investigation.”
Mupolo will be back in court tomorrow (Friday 25 November) for sentencing.
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