John Littlewood murder: Trial date planned for defendants charged with tragic death of Blackhall dad

The trial of two men and two women charged with the killing of Blackhall Colliery man John Littlewood is to take place this spring, a court has been told.

Tuesday, 11th February 2020, 1:18 pm

The 36-year-old dad – known as John D – was found dead at a house in Third Street in the village on Tuesday, July 30, last year after he suffered serious head injuries.

Four people from Blackhall Colliery are charged with his murder.

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The cordon in place outside the house where John Littlewood was found in Third Street, Blackhall Colliery, as inquiries continued into his death.

Bates was not called alongside his co-accused when the case was listed for mention at Teesside Crown Court on Thursday, February 6, with the three others excused from attending.

Prosecutor Richard Wright told the court Wednesday, April 22, will be the first day of the trial, which could last four weeks.The case is listed again for Friday, March 6, for a further mention.

His dad John said: "John D had a heart of gold, he would do anything for anyone.

John Littlewood, known as John D, was found dead at a house in Third Street, Blackhall Colliery, on Tuesday, July 30, last year.

“We just don't know why this has happened to him.

"I've lost a son, his siblings have lost their brother and his children have lost their dad.”

A police officer prepares to use a drone as part of searches in Blackhall Colliery as inquiries continued into August last year.
Flowers left at the scene of inquiries in Third Street, Blackhall Colliery.