Murder accused to face retrial

A FORMER Wigan soldier, accused of killing a fellow homeless man in a St Helens alley, is to face a retrial.

A jury at Liverpool Crown Court last week failed to reach a verdict on Stephen Thomas, and the court heard yesterday that the Crown had decided that there should be a retrial.

During his trial, it was alleged that 25-year-old Thomas caused “devastating” head injuries to Darren Bolger, 40, in an alley off Parr Street on January 27.

Thomas, of no fixed address, but formerly of Wigan, admitted punching and kicking Mr Bolger, but insisted it was “just a fight that had gone wrong.”

Thomas, who denies murder, told jurors he was acting in self-defence, and denied intending to cause Mr Bolger serious harm.

High Court judge, Mrs Justice Sharp, fixed the case to be heard again on December 12, and further remanded Thomas in custody.