Love triangle murder trial: ‘Victim stoned and buried alive in shallow grave’

Murder victim Alan Easton.
Murder victim Alan Easton.
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A murder victim alleged to have behaved inappropriately with a girl was stoned to death before possibly being buried alive, a jury was told.

Alan Jones Easton was beaten, stoned and stabbed to death in the dead of night in a revenge attack, prosecutors alleged.

His former lover and a man have now gone on trial accused of the murder of the 50-year-old whose body was found in a shallow grave on farmland in Everton, near Doncaster.

Angela Dowling, aged 47, of Windmill Avenue, Conisbrough, and family friend Matthew Duffy, aged 22, of Sussex Street, Balby, deny the murder of Mr Easton.

Nottingham Crown Court was told that Mr Easton was killed after Dowling had claimed that Mr Easton had ‘acted inappropriately’ with a teenager, a claim which the prosecution said was untrue.

The court heard that Mr Easton, a former friend of Dowling’s late husband, had recently moved from Scotland to Conisbrough and had told friends he and Dowling were engaged.

Dowling’s lodger and alleged lover Stephen Schofield, 31, also of Windmill Avenue, Conisbrough, has already pleaded guilty to murdering Mr Easton.

The case continues.