Essex

Pensioner back garden stabbing trial collapses

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Image caption The attack took place on John Sales in his back garden in Colchester last November

The trial of three people charged in connection with the stabbing of a pensioner in his back garden has collapsed.

John Sales, 70, was attacked at his home in Hythe Hill in Colchester, Essex, in November last year.

Three defendants were on trial at Chelmsford Crown Court, where the judge directed the jury to find two not guilty.

One of the accused, Flash Day, will face a retrial at a later date.

The jury was not required to reach a verdict in respect of the 45-year-old from Rose Allen Avenue in Colchester.

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Scott Moffat, 49, of Colchester Road, Manningtree, and a teenage girl from Colchester, who cannot be named because of her age, were cleared.

The girl, who was 16 at the time of the stabbing, previously admitted perverting the course of justice.

She will be sentenced at a later date.

A fourth defendant, 21-year-old Ryan Hynes of Long Road, Lawford, admitted the attempted murder of Mr Sales on the first day of the trial and was remanded in custody ahead of sentencing at a later date.

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