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Shane Tunney trial: Defence continues

Shane Tunney died five weeks after he was attacked on Norton High Street last June

The trial is continuing of seven teenagers accused of the murder of Shane Tunney on Teesside.

Eighteen-year-old Brandon Pitt has been giving evidence as the defence continues.

A jury at Teesside Crown Court has previously heard that twenty four year old Mr Tunney died nearly five weeks after an alleged attack, as he and his friend, Anthony Kirk, went for some late-night food in Norton in June 2015.

Brandon Pitt, eighteen-year-olds Kearan Terry Davis, his cousin Kieran Harry Davis, Jake Douglas, a sixteen-year-old boy and two seventeen year olds, who can't be named for legal reasons, deny murder and a charge of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent to Mr Kirk.

The case at Teesside Crown Court continues.

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Court hears 24-year-old man killed on Teesside victim of "a joint attack"

Shane Tunney

A court has heard that a 24 year old man was killed, on Teesside, after he - and a friend - were the victims of "a joint attack."

Seven teenagers have gone on trial accused of murdering Shane Tunney, in Norton.

The prosecution claims that the defendants threw food, from a rooftop, onto Mr Tunney, and his friend, while they were at a cash point during the night of the 27th of June.

The court then heard that Mr Tunney's attempts to challenge the males angered them and, as the friends walked away, they heard shouting and turned back.

The jury was told that the men were outnumbered, "seven against two," and that one of the defendants was carrying a pole.

Concluding his opening statement, prosecutor Andrew Stubbs QC described the alleged attack on Shane Tunney and his friend, Anthony Kirk, as "a pack attack from start to finish, executed with savage brutality by the defendants, giving their victims no chance."

18 year olds Kearan Terry Davis, his cousin, Kieron Harry Davis, Jake Douglas and Brandon Pitt, along with a 16 year old male and two 17 year olds, who cannot be named for legal reasons, deny murder and a charge of attempting to cause GBH with intent.

The trial at Teesside Crown Court continues.

Trial set for restaurant owner in fatal peanut allergy case

A trial date has been set in the case of an Indian restaurant owner accused of the manslaughter of a customer who suffered a fatal allergic reaction to peanuts after eating a meal.

File photo from May 2015 of restaurant owner Mohammed Zaman, 52 (right) leaving Teesside Crown Court. Credit: PA

Mohammed Zaman, 52, owner of the Indian Garden, in Easingwold in North Yorkshire, is charged with the death of Paul Wilson, 38, who suffered a severe anaphylactic shock after buying a curry in January 2014.

  • The defendant did not enter any pleas during a hearing at Teesside Crown Court, during which a trial date was set for April 25th 2016.

As well as manslaughter by gross negligence, the restaurant boss is charged with perverting the course of justice by forging a food safety training certificate, an immigration offence relating to the employee who served the contaminated meal, and food safety offences.

Robert Smith QC, defending, told the court a number of expert witnesses in pathology, food hygiene, clinical medicine and accountancy will be needed.

Judge Simon Bourne-Arton granted Zaman, from Huntington, York, bail and he left court with four other men.

Paul Wilson died after an anaphylactic reaction to a curry at Indian Garden in North Yorkshire. Credit: ITV Calendar

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Woman jailed for biting relative's nose after funeral

Jodie Rutley has been jailed after biting off part of a relative's nose Credit: Cleveland Police

A woman who bit off part of a relative's nose after a funeral has been jailed for 12 years today.

Jodie Rutley, 21, from Cleveland, attacked 23-year-old Sherie Watson - her second cousin - at a wake at the Quoits Club in Guisborough in February this year.

Rutley and Sherie Watson had known each other all their lives, but were not on speaking terms when they attended the wake of 19-year-old Jordan Dowson, who died in a car crash, Teesside Crown Court heard.

Following the bite attack, Rutley returned to Watson with a large kitchen knife in each hand and the woman was injured again when she tried to defend herself, the court heard.

Judge Howard Crowson jailed Rutley, of The Charltons in Saltburn, for six and a half years for biting Watson's nose and five and half years for the knife attack.

I cannot believe she has done this to me. There will be months of surgery and I will be left with scars and will need skin grafts from my forehead.

– Sherie Watson

Man jailed for 11 years

Gary Mason has been jailed for 11 years Credit: Cleveland Police

A former school governor, fire officer and TA Captain has been jailed for 11 years

Gary Mason, 52, has also been banned from working with children and has been put on the sex offenders register for life. Teesside Crown Court heard Mason pinned the child down and subjected her to repeated assaults.

He denied nine charges of various sexual assaults and was found guilty of five.

DC Revis Phillips said: “Gary Mason had an unhealthy interest in this young girl and demonstrated his eagerness to fulfil his sexual appetite over a prolonged period.

“Thankfully he is now serving a substantial custodial sentence and hope the victim and family members can now move on from this dreadful period in their lives knowing that justice has been served.

"Cleveland Police consider all such matters seriously and will pursue any complaint of this nature. I hope this sends a strong warning to others who prey on the vulnerability of young victims."

Woman admits iPad scam

A woman has admitted conducting a mass iPad scam worth almost £500,000.

Kirsty Cox, from Newton Ayciffe, County Durham, told customers she would be able to source cut-price machines in the run up to Christmas.

But, after taking payment, she was unable to complete the deal.

At Teesside Crown Court the 37-year-old pleaded guilty to four charges arising from the scam she had operated between March and December last year.

It was previously reported that she had taken payment for 4,000 of the tablet computers from individuals and groups.

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