David Walsh murder trial: Jury to consider verdicts for a third day

David Walsh

David Walsh

A jury in the trial of three men accused of the brutal back lane murder of a Sunderland dad has not reached any verdicts.

Charles Lamont, his son Dalton Barnett and former Nissan worker Patrick Duggan are accused of killing of David Walsh, 45, known as Boff, who died from blood loss after a savage stabbing attack last November.

All three deny murder and are being tried by a jury at Newcastle Crown Court.

The jury panel of 10 men and women have so far deliberated since Wednesday lunchtime but no verdicts have yet been delivered.

The will resume discussions on Friday.

Raymond Brown, 37, of Canon Cockin Street, Sunderland, who was seen to plunge a knife into Mr Walsh "26 to 27 times" has pleaded guilty to murder and violent disorder and awaits sentence.

Duggan has told jurors he saw the attack on Mr Walsh, which left him "sick" but played no part in it.

Lamont and Barnett both declined to give evidence.

The father and son were warned by their lawyers that jurors may "draw such inferences as appear proper" from their failure to enter the witness box.

Lamont, 40, of Villette Road, Barnett, 19, of Fuller Road and Duggan, 19, of Palmstead Place, all in Sunderland, deny murder and violent disorder.

Mr Walsh had gone to the lane between Canon Cockin Street and Fuller Road, in Hendon, Sunderland, after he heard his son had been attacked.

He suffered multiple injuries at the hands of attackers using an "assortment" of weapons, it is claimed.

The trial continues.