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Updates from court as defendant Nathan Williams to give evidence in murder trial


LIVE: Defendant Nathan Williams to give evidence in Stuart Newton murder trial

By Amy Farnworth

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    Stuart Newton was found in a flat in Oswaldtwistle on Thursday February 13 2020, but died in hospital the following day.
  • A 30-year-old man, Nathan Williams now 31, was charged with his murder and is standing trial at Preston Crown Court.
  • Police were called to the property, in Worsley Court, in the early hours of the morning, and found Mr Newton with serious head injuries
  • He was taken to Royal Preston Hospital but died from his injuries on Friday February 14.
  • Williams, 30, of Mount Pleasant Road, Oswaldtwistle, denies killing Mr Newton.
  • Last week, we heard how Mr Newton was kicked and stamped on by Williams after a drink and drug-fuelled argument in which the victim had confused Williams with his son-in-law, Carl McMahon.
  • The police and paramedics were originally told that Mr Newton had sustained his injuries after falling down some steps - but the court heard this was a fabrication, due to Mr Newton's daughter Abigail fearing she would lose her children, as she and Mr McMahon were under the watchful eye of social services.
  • Defence counsel accused Mr McMahon of being the person who actually attacked Mr Newton, but he denied the allegation.
  • Williams says he was acting in self defence.
  • He is expected to give evidence today.