David Walsh murder trial: Father and son accused will not give evidence

David Walsh and wife Trisha
David Walsh and wife Trisha

A father and son accused of a brutal back lane murder will not give evidence from the witness box, jurors have been told.

Charles Lamont and his son Dalton Barnett are accused of being involved in the killing of David Walsh, 45, known as Boff, who died from blood loss after a savage stabbing attack in Sunderland last November.

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

Former Nissan worker Patrick Duggan, who is accused of taking part in the killing, has told jurors he saw the attack, which left him "sick" but played no part in it.

At the conclusion of Duggan's evidence, defence barristers for Lamont and Barnett said their clients would not be called to the witness box.

Trial judge Mr Justice Globe asked Alistair MacDonald QC, defending Lamont, and Toby Hedworth QC, defending Barnett, if both defendants had been advised that jurors may "draw such inferences as appear proper" from their failure to give evidence.

Both barristers confirmed that their clients had been advised in such terms.

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.