WARREN FREE MURDER TRIAL: Judge tells jurors to put aside emotions

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Jurors in the trial of six teenagers accused of the murder of Spalding man Warren Free have been told to put aside any emotions when they consider the evidence in the case.

The trial judge Mr Justice Goss, in his summing up to the jury at Lincoln Crown Court, told them: “You must assess the evidence calmly, dispassionately and fairly, putting aside any feelings of sympathy or antipathy you may have towards anyone involved in or affected by what happened. You must be entirely objective.”

The prosecution alleges that 43 year old Mr Free suffered fatal injuries after he confronted a group of teenagers in the early hours of the morning about noise they were making in a park at the rear of his home in Coronation Close, Spalding.

It is alleged that Mr Free was kicked, punched and stamped on by the teenagers before a 15 year old girl struck him over the head several times with a metal pole.

He went home to bed but friends were later unable to rouse him. An ambulance was called and he was airlifted to hospital but passed away within 24 hours from a head injury.

Six teenagers all deny the murder of Warren Free on August 29, 2014. Three of the defendants, including a girl, were 14 at the time while the others were a girl of 15 and a 16 year old together with Jake Edwards, now 18.

A boy, who was 14 at the time, denies a charge of perverting the course of justice relating to the disposal of the metal pole in the Coronation Channel in Spalding. A second boy, aged 16 at the time, has admitted perverting the course of justice.

None of the defendants gave evidence to the jury. Barristers representing the defendants have argued that the accused whom the prosecution claim were involved in violence towards Mr Free acted lawfully either in their own self defence or in the defence of others in the group. Others are said not to have been involved at all and claim to have been innocent bystanders.

The trial continues.