Lincolnshire

Warren Free murder trial: Accused choose not to give evidence

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Image caption Father-of-two Warren Free had lived in Spalding for eight years

Six teenagers accused of murdering a man have chosen not to give evidence in their defence.

Warren Free, 42, of Coronation Close in Spalding, Lincolnshire, died in hospital after being found with head injuries at his home in August 2014.

Lincoln Crown Court was told none of the six defendants had any history of violence.

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

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

The prosecution claims 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.

He was punched and kicked before a girl struck him several times over the head with a metal pole, the court was told.

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

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

The trial continues.

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