Mark Titley stab murder trial jury fails to reach verdict

Victim Gary Alan Hayes Medics tried to save Gary Hayes's life after finding him in the street

A jury in the trial of a Lincoln man accused of killing his friend over a bag of stolen food has failed to reach a verdict.

Mark Titley, 38, who lived at a homeless shelter in Monks Road, is accused of stabbing Gary Hayes in the chest in April.

Prosecutors at Lincoln Crown Court said the men argued over who should carry the heavy bag of stolen milk and bread.

Mr Titley denied stabbing Mr Hayes, 44, but admitted punching him in the face.

During the trial the jury heard the pair had been walking back to Mr Hayes's flat in Walnut Place, Lincoln, when they had a disagreement.

Mr Hayes was found with a stab wound at the junction of Kesteven Street and Portland Street and was later pronounced dead.

Jurors considered the evidence for three-and-a-half hours before telling the judge they were unable to reach a verdict.

Mr Titley now faces a possible retrial.

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