Cooksey Manslaughter Trial

The trial has begun of a man accused of killing Wiltshire builder Adrian Cooksey.

Richard Elmes, who was a friend of Mr Cooksey, denies manslaughter.

Richard Elmes Verdict: Full Report

Richard Elmes was found guilty of the manslaughter of Adrian Cooksey after punching him in the street in Melksham in March 2009. The conviction marks the end of a lengthy legal process which saw one man tried and cleared of Adrian Cooksey's death.

Our Wiltshire Robert Murphy reports on the background to this case and Richard Elmes conviction.

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Jury sent out in Cooksey manslaughter trial

Adrian Cooksey was found dying in the street Credit: ITV West

The jury in the trial of the man accused of killing Wiltshire builder Adrian Cooksey has been sent out to reach a verdict.

Richard Elmes denies manslaughter but admits perjury after lying under oath as a witness at a previous trial. Mr Cooksey was found dying in the street after being punched in Melksham in March 2009.

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Man accused of manslaughter admits argument

Adrian Cooksey Credit: ITV West

The man accused of killing Trowbridge builder Adrian Cooksey has admitted he had an argument with Mr Cooksey moments before he was found dying.

Richard Elmes denies manslaughter. But he told Bristol Crown Court he and Mr Cooksey argued about an affair Mr Elmes had with a mutual friend's wife in 1984.

Mr Elmes said he didn't punch Mr Cooksey and returned home. The trial continues.

Trial adjourned due to injury

The trial of a man accused of killing a Wiltshire builder and perverting the course of justice had to be adjourned today (Tues) after a juror injured themselves on the way to court.

51-year-old Richard Elmes, who denies manslaughter, was due to give evidence at Bristol Crown Court.

Adrian Cooksey manslaughter trial continues

Adrian Cooksey Credit: ITV West

The trial of the man accused of killing Wiltshire builder Adrian Cooksey is expected to continue at Bristol Crown Court today.

The 50-year-old was found unconscious in the street in Melksham three years ago. He died later of his injuries. Richard Elmes denies manslaughter but admitted a perjury charge. He lied under oath at the trial of a man who was previously accused of killing Mr Cooksey.

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