Murder accused insists he was out on the booze when Wearside pensioner was brutally killed

Fred Shipley, who was beaten to death in his Easington Colliery home last July.
Fred Shipley, who was beaten to death in his Easington Colliery home last July.
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AN ALLEGED killer has told jurors he was out having a good time when the murder he is said to have committed was taking place.

Andrew Johnson is accused of killing Fred Shipley, pictured, in a savage hammer attack in his home last July.

The 59-year-old victim died after suffering at least eight separate blows to his skull in his kitchen at Paradise Crescent, Easington Colliery.

Johnson, of John Street, Easington Colliery, denies murder and is being tried by a jury at Newcastle Crown Court.

The 40-year-old began giving evidence yesterday.

He told the court he was at the pub having 11 or 12 pints and then went back to someone’s house for a drink on the night of the murder.

He told jurors he was “singing and dancing” on his way home and did not have any trouble on his mind.

Johnson said when he got home that night he had a cuppa, watched some television then went to bed.

He said he could not believe it when he heard Mr Shipley had been killed and told jurors: “I was shocked.”

Johnson denies murder.

Proceeding.

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