Court hears Northwich pensioner stabbed 13 times by friend


A CASTLE pensioner was stabbed at the very least 13 occasions by his supposed buddy earlier than his debit playing cards have been used to pay for procuring, a courtroom has heard.

Gary Solomon, 56, of Fort Court docket in Northwich, denies murdering 72-year-old John ‘Johnny’ Hammerton, whose physique was discovered by Cheshire Law enforcement officials at his house in Peckforton Manner, on October Eight final 12 months.

The trial of Solomon started at Chester Crown Court docket on Monday, with a gap assertion from prosecuting barrister David McMillan.

Mr McMillan advised the jury how regardless of Mr Hammerton identified by those that knew him as Johnny main a seemingly frugal life-style, had in extra of 100,000 in his checking account on the time of his loss of life.

He went on to inform the courtroom how Mr Hammerton had been married to a Thai girl named Lek for quite a lot of years, and that he would recurrently spend half of the 12 months together with her in Thailand and half at his modest two-bedroom floor ground flat in Northwich.

Nonetheless, Mr McMillan added that Mr Hammerton, a small man of solely 5 foot in stature, was additionally ‘a worrier’ and ‘a creature of behavior’ and had returned from a deliberate three month journey to Thailand six weeks early in September final 12 months after talking together with his financial institution, Barclays, a couple of lacking debit card of his getting used.

After not being seen for a number of days, and never answering a number of phone calls made to him by his involved spouse again in Thailand, the alarm was raised and at round 3.30pm on October 8, his physique was discovered on the couch in his lounge.

Mr McMillan stated: “An preliminary examination of his physique by law enforcement officials on the scene indicated bruising to his proper eye and blood on his chest.

“Nonetheless, when a Residence Workplace pathologist attended the scene, he seen a sequence of stab wounds to his left higher chest and to left facet of his neck.”

Mr McMillan went on to clarify how a autopsy carried out on Mr Hammerton the subsequent day, discovered he had been stabbed at the very least 13 occasions, with the reason for loss of life being given as a number of stab wounds.

Mr McMillan added: “The finger factors pretty and squarely on the man sat there, Gary Solomon, the person within the dock.

“And the proof you’ll hear throughout this trial will clarify precisely why.”

Solomon, who appeared carrying a white shirt and light-weight blue tie, had used one in all Mr Hammerton’s debit playing cards to put bets in a Northwich betting workplace, in addition to making extra contactless funds at a close-by Tesco Categorical retailer, the place he additionally labored as an early morning cleaner.

The prosecutor defined how Mr Hammerton had flown out to Thailand on August 9, and having initially made a name to his common taxi driver to cancel his raise to Manchester over considerations one in all his debit playing cards had gone lacking, had later modified his thoughts and flown as deliberate, after talking to his buddy Solomon, who had promised to assist him with the problem.

Nonetheless, the jury was advised that Solomon was as an alternative utilizing the identical card to put three 30 bets on the Megabet betting store in Chester Street the exact same day.

When Solomon was arrested by law enforcement officials on October 10, physique cam footage recorded him saying, “I knew this is able to occur. I knew I might get finished for it as a result of I used to be the final individual to see him.”

Mr McMillan advised the jury how two different playing cards belonging to Mr Hammerton have been later found in a bag of canine biscuits beneath the sink of Solomon’s house whereas a key that fitted Mr Hammerton’s entrance door was additionally present in a grid exterior.

Solomon denies the cost of homicide, one in all theft and two of fraud.

The trial continues.

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