Courts

WARREN FREE MURDER TRIAL (Day 14): Six defendants choose not to give evidence

The six teenagers accused of murdering Warren Free have chosen not to give evidence in their trial. Barristers representing the six each told the jury at Lincoln Crown Court on Monday that their clients would not be going into the witness box to give evidence. Timothy Spencer QC, representing a boy who was 14 at the time of the incident, ...

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WARREN FREE MURDER TRIAL (Day 12): Brain-damaged victim had been attacked twice before

Warren Free, who was allegedly murdered by six teenagers, had previously suffered brain damage when he was the victim of a machete attack, the jury was told on Wednesday (July 1). Lincoln Crown Court heard that the incident in 2003 occurred in the North Wales town of Colwyn Bay. Daniel Bishop, for the prosecution, said: “Warren Free was attacked with ...

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WARREN FREE MURDER TRIAL (Day 9): Accused boy ‘admitted suggesting getting rid of metal pole used in attack’

One of the teenagers accused of murdering Spalding man Warren Free admitted he suggested that a metal pole used to attack the 42-year-old should be thrown away to avoid the chance of police finding any fingerprints, a jury was told on Thursday (June 25). The boy, who was 14 at the time of the incident, told officers that as he walked ...

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WARREN FREE MURDER TRIAL (Day 8): Accused girl (15) thought: ‘Have I killed him?”

A teenage girl accused of murdering Spalding man Warren Free later complained that her foot was injured when she kicked him in the head, a jury heard on Wednesday (June 24). The 15-year-old, who was interviewed by police on four occasions after being arrested, said that the kick she delivered was the final blow suffered by Mr Free during an incident in a ...

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WARREN FREE MURDER TRIAL (Day 7): Relative of accused 15-year-old: ‘She told me she struck victim on head four times with metal pole’

A 15-year-old girl accused of murder told a relative that she struck the victim four times with a metal pole, a jury was told on Tuesday (June 23). The relative, who cannot be identified because of a court order, told the jury at Lincoln Crown Court that she collected the girl from outside shops on Pennygate, Spalding and took her home. The 15-year-old ...

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WARREN FREE MURDER TRIAL (Day 6): Victim had more than 50 injuries

Spalding man Warren Free had more than 50 external injuries, jurors in the trial of six youths accused of his murder were told today (Mon).   Pathologist Stuart Hamilton told the jury at Lincoln Crown Court that Mr Free suffered bleeding of the brain and died as a result of head injuries after he was allegedly attacked when he confronted the ...

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WARREN FREE MURDER TRIAL (Day 5): ‘I witnessed the attack on victim’

A teenager has told the Warren Free murder trial jury that he witnessed an attack which left the Spalding man with fatal injuries. The boy, who cannot be identified, told the jury at Lincoln Crown Court that Mr Free was put to the ground by Jake Edwards, who then punched and kicked him. He told the jury that he thought a 16-year-old boy was ...

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WARREN FREE MURDER TRIAL (Day 4): Group thought row with victim was ‘joke’ before things turned nasty

A group of teenagers alleged to have murdered a Spalding man after he confronted them over late-night noise at first thought the incident was a joke, a jury heard on Thursday. A youngster, who was with the group on the evening but was not charged with any offence arising out of the incident, told the jury that although initially the incident was seen ...

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WARREN FREE MURDER TRIAL: Group ‘relieved’ when victim got to his feet as they left after attack

Someone in the group who attacked murder victim Warren Free is alleged to have said as they walked away: “Oh s***, what if he’s dead?” Lincoln Crown Court heard that the group was relieved when they looked round and saw the father-of-two getting to his feet after the incident near his home in Coronation Close in Spalding on August 28 ...

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WARREN FREE MURDER TRIAL (DAY 2): Accused girl (15) ‘admitted hitting victim over the head with metal pole’

A 15-year-old girl accused of murder later admitted to striking the victim over the head with a metal pole, a jury was told on Tuesday (June 16). The girl – one of six teenagers on trial accused of the murder of Spalding man Warren Free – allegedly made the admission to her own sister shortly before she handed herself in to police. ...

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MURDER TRIAL: Spalding dad Warren Free died after ‘fast and brutal’ attack by group of juveniles with metal pole

Six juveniles murdered a Spalding father-of-two in a row over broken fencing at his home, a court has heard. It was claimed on Monday (June 15) that Warren Free was kicked, punched, stamped upon and repeatedly struck with a metal pole which he had taken with him as he confronted the group, who were causing an early-hours disturbance. The Crown ...

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Two ‘cowards’ sentenced for total of 17 years after ‘vicious and sustained’ attack in Spalding

Two people who carried out a “cowardly” attack in Spalding which left a man with serious injuries have been given sentences totalling 17 years. Franky McCarthy (21), of Cowbit Road, and Craig Addison, (19), of Balmoral Avenue in the town struck as their victim was walking home with a friend at the end of a night out. McCarthy was jailed for ...

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Father found drowned in Spalding drain ‘never got over witnessing tragic farm accident’

A father-of-two who drowned in Spalding was said to have never got over witnessing a fatal farm accident nine months earlier. Robin Chappell (71), who was killed in the farm incident last year, was looked upon by 41-year-old Vladeks Sinavskis “like a father”. An inquest last week into Mr Sinavskis’s death heard that his drug taking increased after the tragic ...

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Prisoner sent to secure unit for killing cellmate

A former Holbeach man has been detained in a secure facility under a hospital order after being found guilty of manslaughter with diminished responsibility. During a four day trial at Stafford Crown Court the jury heard that Krysztof Mroz (36), formerly of Spencer Gardens, killed 73-year-old Alan Goode in the cell they both shared at HMP Lincoln. Mr Goode, from ...

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Pinchbeck burglary: village man charged

A Pinchbeck man has been charged with burglary of commercial premises in the village. Marcus James Roberts-Fogerty (30), of Bridgewater Lane, is accused of burgling DP Packaging in Northgate on May 25. He will appear before Boston magistrates on June 24.

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Man (22) jailed for a year for affray and knife possession

A man who threatened three people with a 25cm bladed knife was jailed for 12 months on Friday. Joshua Lake had earlier been involved in a heated argument with his partner at their home. Later when friends of his partner arrived at the property Lake turned his attention on them before the incident attracted the attention of neighbour Keith Steadman, who went ...

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Spalding man charged with Bank Holiday Monday assault in Holbeach

A Spalding teenager is due to appear in court charged with an alleged assault in Holbeach on Monday (May 25). Thanasi Greenfield (19), of Havelock Street, is said to have assaulted a 20-year-old man in the Fleet Road/High Street area of Holbeach around 12.40pm. Greenfield will appear before Boston magistrates on June 17. Police would like to trace a couple who were ...

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Salon director rocked by hairdresser stealing money from business

A Spalding salon director says her trust in people has been rocked by a hairdresser who stole money from the business. Ashleigh Hubbard used a card machine to make refunds of customers’ payments to her own bank account. She denied stealing £808.10 from Oasis Beauty Hair and Day Spa, but was found guilty during a trial at Boston Magistrates’ Court ...

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Spalding paedophile jailed for seven years

A Spalding man who admitted photographing himself sexually abusing a toddler has been jailed for seven years. Peter Fox (62) was originally arrested after he was caught taking indecent photographs of young girls at Heckington Show. He was given a community order with a condition he complete a sex offenders’ treatment order for those offences but at the time he was detained computers and ...

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Coach driver admits falsifying tachograph records

A coach driver from Saracen’s Head has been given a suspended prison sentence for breaching tachograph regulations. Bevin Beckley (42), who was working for Prestige Coaches at the time of the offences, admitted five breaches of regulations and was given a six-month jail sentence suspended for two years and £500 costs. Leigh Robbins (52), trading as Prestige Coaches, of Pethley ...

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