Lincolnshire

Warren Free murder trial: Witnesses' heard screaming'

Warren Free Image copyright Police issue
Image caption Warren Free was a father-of-two and had lived in Spalding for eight years

Witnesses giving evidence at a murder trial have told the jury they heard screams coming from the park where the victim was attacked.

Warren Free, 42, of Coronation Close, Spalding, Lincolnshire, died in hospital after being found with head injuries at his home in August.

Two boys aged 15, a 17-year-old boy, two girls aged 15 and an 18-year-old man all deny murder.

Two of the boys also deny a charge of perverting the course of justice.

Metal pole

Prosecutors claim Mr Free was subjected to a "vicious assault" after he confronted a group of teenagers over the noise they were making in a park near his home.

Lincoln Crown Court heard Mr Free was punched and kicked before a girl struck him several times over the head with a metal pole.

The prosecution alleges all six defendants were involved in the attack and are jointly responsible for Mr Free's death.

The jury heard evidence from several witnesses, as well as a summary of a call made to police at the time.

In it the caller describes hearing girls screaming, "like something bad was happening".

Another witness recalled hearing the repeated sound of something being smacked, the court heard.

A post-mortem examination found Mr Free had multiple cuts and bruises and had suffered a brain injury.

The trial continues.

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