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Man cleared of killing shop worker in St Helens

Maureen Marsh
Image caption Maureen Marsh died the day after the attack in St Helens

A shoplifter has been cleared of killing a Merseyside supermarket worker who confronted him as he fled.

Stephen Brighouse, 34, of Parr, near St Helens, was alleged to have pushed Maureen Marsh when she pursued him at Morrisons in St Helens last April.

Liverpool Crown Court heard the 57-year-old fell over and was taken to hospital, but died the next day.

Mr Brighouse was cleared of manslaughter on Wednesday but remains on trial for assault, which he denies.

As the prosecution finished presenting its evidence, Mr Brighouse's barrister argued that the manslaughter charge against him should be dismissed and Judge John Roberts agreed.

Mr Brighouse has admitted stealing from the supermarket, but denies touching Mrs Marsh as he tried to run off.

The case continues.

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