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Trial begins over three men accused of murdering mother, 6-month old daughter and friend

The trial has begun of three men accused of murdering a young mother, her baby and her friend by starting a fire at a flat in Derbyshire last year.

Amy Smith, 17, her 6-month-old daughter Ruby-Grace Gaunt and Edward Green, also 17, died as a result of smoke inhalation during the fire in Langley Mill on 21st June last year.

Peter Eyre, 42, and his two sons Anthony Eyre, 22, and Simon Eyre, 24, are all from Sandiacre in Derbyshire and all deny murder.

The case is expected last around 4 weeks at Nottingham Crown Court.

Christopher Edwards says he 'did not' plan to kill in-laws

A man accused of killing an elderly couple & burying them in the back garden has began giving evidence at Nottingham Crown Court.

Christopher Edwards and his wife Susan Edwards are charged with the murders of her parents William & Patricia Wycherley.

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Their remains were found buried in the back garden of their former home on Blenheim Close, at Forest Town in Mansfield, last October. Both had been shot twice in the upper body.

Christopher Edwards told the jury that he did not gun down his parents-in-law in cold blood.

When asked by his barrister if he planned - with his wife Susan Edwards - to kill the Wycherley's, he replied "I did not".

The Edwards deny murder. More to follow...


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Mother wanted to stop fundraising after trip cancelled

Anne Marie Kaye tells the court she told Kevin Wright in November or December 2008: "I don't want to fundraise anymore because I don't think it's fair that we're fundraising for New York when we're not going anymore."

She continued: "He said we should keep going until the end of the year." It had been thought that her son Callum would benefit from treatment in New York, but she was later advised that it might not be appropriate.


Father denies charges over stealing cash raised for son's cancer treatment

A court's has today heard how a father who set up a fund to raise money for his son's cancer treatment, used the cash to pay for his personal lifestyle.

Kevin Wright, from Tamworth, established the fund after his son Bobby was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Prosecutors claim Mr Wright spent part of an estimated £2m in donations on a holiday and personal investments. He denies 19 charges of fraud and theft.

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Tamworth father accused of spending son's cancer money on himself

As part of his opening statement Prosecutor Nicholas Johnson QC tells the jury at Nottingham Crown Court that Kevin Wright 'abused the the position of trust people placed in him.'

The court heard that in total, Kevin Wright received around £2m in donations for various cancer care appeals including one for his own child Bobby Wright.

It's alleged Mr Wright used large amounts of this money for his own benefit. The jury were told these sums included:-

  • £65k invested in Premium Bonds & ISAs
  • £38k ploughed into a restaurant owned by Kevin Wright
  • £30k+ used to renovate a pub run by Mr Wright's then girlfriend
  • £20k given to a friend for his used-car business
  • £4k on cigarette's & alcohol
  • £33k on vehicle-related expenditure

Mr Wright denies eight charged of fraud & 11 counts of theft.

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