WARREN FREE MURDER TRIAL: Prosecution case finished

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Jurors in the trial of six teenagers accused of murdering Spalding man Warren Free today (Monday) heard of the pasts of four of the defendants.

Det Chief Insp Martin Holvey of East Midlands special operations unit, who headed the inquiry into the incident, told the jury that neither of the two girls, aged 14 and 15 at the time of the incident, who face murder charges had any previous convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings.

It is alleged that Mr Free was kicked, punched and stamped on by the teenagers before a 15 year old girl struck him over the head several times with a metal pole

He added that two boys, aged 14 and 16 at the time, similarly had no convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings. The two boys are accused of both murder and perverting the course of justice.

The evidence was the first occasion the jury has been in court since Wednesday.

At the end of DCI Holvey’s evidence barrister Stuart Trimmer QC closed the case for the prosecution. The hearing was then adjourned.

The prosecution allege that Mr Free suffered fatal injuries after he confronted a group of teenagers in the early hours of the morning about noise they were making in a park at the rear of his property in Coronation Close, Spalding.

It is alleged that Mr Free was kicked, punched and stamped on by the teenagers before a 15 year old girl struck him over the head several times with a metal pole.

He went home to bed but friends were later unable to rouse him. An ambulance was called and he was airlifted to hospital but passed away within 24 hours from a head injury.

Six teenagers all deny the murder of Warren Free on August 29, 2014. Three of the defendants, including a girl, were 14 at the time while the others were a girl of 15 and a 16 year old together with Jake Edwards, now 18.

Two of the boys, who were 14 and 16 at the time, each deny a charge of perverting the course of justice relating to the disposal of the metal pole in a nearby waterway.

The trial continues.

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