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Murder trial halted due to strike action

Gabor Sarkozi died as a result of a "vicious attack", a court has heard Credit: Daily Post

Today's public service workers' strike has halted a murder trial at Mold Crown Court.

The jury turned up this morning for the third day of the trial of two men claimed to have murder a take-away food delivery driver by allegedly punching, kicking and stamping on his face and head.

But the judge, Mr Justice Griffith-Williams, sent them home without any evidence being called.

It follows the decision this morning by the Prison Officers' Association to join today's strike.

Gary Bland, 41, and his nephew James Siree, 22, are on trial accused of murdering Hungarian national, Gabor Sarkozi, in Meliden near Prestatyn last October.

The jury yesterday visited the scene where the badly injured body of the delivery driver was found.

The court also heard from the first of a series of witnesses who saw Mr Sarkozi and two men, alleged to be the defendants, on the night of the attack.

The trial is expected to resume on Monday.

Delivery driver "punched, kicked and stabbed" to death

A jury at Mold Crown Court have heard how a takeaway delivery driver was "punched, kicked and stabbed" to death as he went about his work in Meliden, Denbighshire last October.

Gabor Peter Sarkozi, a Hungarian man living in Rhyl, was involved in two separate attacks on the night he died.

The extent of injuries was such that death was inevitable. He was taken to Glan Clwyd Hospital but in reality he died on the street at the scene of the attack."

– Elwen Evans, Prosecution

In the Crown's opening statement, the jury heard Mr Sarkozi had agreed to cover the evenings shift after a colleague had been taken ill.

Gary Bland, 42 and his nephew James Siree 22, both from Rhyl have been charged with murder.

They deny the charges.

The trial is expected to last three weeks.