Murder victim had 50 injuries - court

Murder victim John Dawson.
Murder victim John Dawson.
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A MIDDLE-AGED man suffered more than 50 injuries when he was kicked, punched, stamped on and knifed in his South Yorkshire home, a court heard.

John Dawson, aged 57, is alleged to have been killed by his drinking pals Adrian Beevers and Gary Evans, who are accused of carrying out a joint attack and leaving him dead on his living room floor.

Richard Mansell, prosecuting, told Sheffield Crown Court the pair, who deny murder, committed a “prolonged and brutal attack”.

He said the reason for the violence was unknown, but the pair carried out the attack - at Mr Dawson’s home on Highstone Avenue, Worsbrough Common, Barnsley - together and were equally guilty.

They each blame the other.

Beevers, 42, who was living at Mill Court, Worsbrough, at the time of the murder, and Evans, 43, of Cope Street, also Worsbrough, initially told police they had no involvement in the murder.

But, according to the Crown Prosecution Service, they changed their accounts and admitted to detectives they had been there when they were presented with evidence against them.

Mr Mansell said they each claimed the other was responsible. He said clothing the men were wearing when they were arrested was found to contain Mr Dawson’s blood, with some of it found on the bottom of a shoe worn by Beevers.

The prosecutor said: “John Dawson was beaten to death in the living room of his home. He sustained repeated forceful blows to his head and body - probably a combination of punches and kicks and stamping.

“He was also wounded with a sharp implement - probably a knife. A pathologist carried out a post mortem examination and found in excess of 50 separate injuries. She found an incised wound to his head caused by an implement with a sharp edge, such as a knife.”

He claimed the men made a ‘contrived attempt’ to account for the blood.

The trial continues.