Widow and men deny rural lane ‘execution’

Murder victim Alan Easton.
Murder victim Alan Easton.
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A man was ‘executed’ in a country lane less than a week after he moved in with his new girlfriend - who thought he was a wealthy man, a murder trial heard yesterday.

Alan Easton is said to have been beaten, stabbed and buried alive under a heap of soil in a ditch after being duped into thinking he was going out for a meal with widow Angela Dowling.

Dowling, 48, of Windmill Avenue, Conisbrough, and two other men are on trial accused of murdering Mr Easton, who was 50 and lived previously in Scotland.

Mark Andrew Bingham, 50, of Fishponds Road West, Woodthorpe, Sheffield, is said to be a ‘close friend’ of Dowling, and Mathew Duffy, 23, of Balby, is a friend of Dowling’s son.

All deny murder.

Mr Easton was taken to a remote lane in the village of Everton near Doncaster ‘in the dead of night’ last February 1. “The ditch became his grave,” Ian Unsworth QC told Nottingham Crown Court. The trial continues.