David Sindall denies murder of Hoyland man Dean Armitage

A would-be car thief killed a father-of-three by kicking and punching him on his drive after being confronted by him, a court has heard.

David Sindall, 34, of Eastwood, Rotherham, is accused of murdering Dean Armitage, 49, outside his home in Hoyland, near Barnsley, last July.

Sheffield Crown Court heard that Sindall told people in a pub that he was going to "pinch a car tonight".

Sindall denies murder but admits causing Mr Armitage's death.

Hours after making the claim in the pub Sindall burgled the home of Mr Armitage and took the keys to the family's Range Rover.

Keys taken

Wearing just his underwear, Mr Armitage confronted the defendant, as he sat in the driver's seat of the car after burgling the family's home.

The court heard Mr Armitage was left with serious head injuries he was allegedly pushed him to the ground and kicked and punched.

He died in hospital weeks after the attack having never regained consciousness, the court heard.

A neighbour told police he saw Mr Armitage grab hold of the defendant as if to pull him out of the driver's seat.

Sindall then hit Mr Armitage a heavy blow with a torch.

The case continues.

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