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.

More on This Story

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Lincolnshire



19 °C 14 °C


  • Cesc FabregasFair price?

    Have some football clubs overpaid for their new players?

  • Woman and hairdryerBlow back

    Would banning high-power appliances actually save energy?

  • Members of staff at James Stevenson Flags hold a Union Jack and Saltire flag UK minus Scotland

    Does the rest of the UK care if the Scots become independent?

  • Women doing ice bucket challengeChill factor

    How much has the Ice Bucket Challenge achieved?

  • Women in front of Windows XP posterUpgrade angst

    Readers share their experiences of replacing their operating system

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.