Adjournment as murder trial jury considers verdict

Martin Dines, 56, from Colchester, was found dead on Monday, April 23. Picture: PROVIDED BY FAMILY

Martin Dines, 56, from Colchester, was found dead on Monday, April 23. Picture: PROVIDED BY FAMILY - Credit: Archant

The trial of two men and a woman accused of murdering a homeless man whose badly beaten body was found in a stairwell at a Colchester car park has been adjourned until Thursday.

Before Ipswich Crown Court are Mark Hartley, 32, of New Kiln Road, Colchester, Heidi Kennedy, 47, of Queen Elizabeth Way, Colchester, and Darren Miller, 46, of no fixed address, who have all denied murdering 56-year-old Martin Dines whose body was found at St Mary’s car park in Balkerne Hill, Colchester on April 23.

Miller has admitted a less serious charge of manslaughter.

Mr Dines allegedly died as a result of punches, kicks and stamps inflicted by Hartley, Miller and Kennedy during three alleged attacks.

The jury retired to consider its verdicts on Monday and was sent home on Tuesday with instructions to return to court on Thursday to continue its deliberations.

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