South Yorkshire murder accused was ‘sweating’

49 year old Dean Armitage who is thought to have been attacked after trying to stop a man stealing his car from his drive way at Hoyland near Barnsley.   rossparry.co.uk/syndication
49 year old Dean Armitage who is thought to have been attacked after trying to stop a man stealing his car from his drive way at Hoyland near Barnsley. rossparry.co.uk/syndication
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A burglar accused of murder turned up at a friend’s house in the early hours and told him: “I might have killed a man.”

David Matthew Sindall, aged 34, showed up at Matthew Allsop’s home on Springwood Road, Hoyland, Barnsley, the night that family man Dean Armitage, of Skiers View Road, was left with fatal head injuries after trying to stop his Range Rover from being stolen.

Mr Allsop told Sheffield Crown Court Sindall disturbed his night-time bath.

He said: “I got out of the bath and wrapped a towel around me.

“I saw a knife on him and he had blood on his arm. He was sweating and drunk and he said, ‘I might have killed a man’.”

Sindall, of Selbourne Street, Eastwood, Rotherham, admits manslaughter but denies it was murder.

The trial continues.