Six youths aged between 15 and 17 have today denied the murder of dad-of-two Warren Free who was attacked at his home in Spalding.
Two girls aged 15, two 15-year-old boys, another boy aged 16 and a 17-year-old boy all entered not guilty pleas during a 40-minute hearing at Lincoln Crown Court this morning.
The youth are all charged with the murder of Mr Free (42) who died in hospital on August 29 last year.
The 16-year-old boy and one of the 15-year-old boys also denied a charge of perverting the course of justice relating to a metal pole allegedly used during an assault on Mr Free at his home in Coronation Close the night before his death.
Judge Michael Heath adjourned the case for trial at Lincoln Crown Court on June 15 and it is expected to last about six weeks.
Five of the defendants were granted bail to be under the care of the local authority.
Mr Free, who was airlifted from his home to Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, with a serious head injury from which he subsequently died, had lived in Spalding for eight years.