Cop slammed

Murder victim Alan Easton.
Murder victim Alan Easton.
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A detective involved with investigating the murder of a Doncaster man who was left to die in a shallow grave has been accused of failing to record evidence correctly.

Jurors at Nottingham Crown Court heard Det Cons Terry Hayes of the East Midlands Special Investigation Unit, under cross examination from defence lawyer Shaun Smith, failed to take ‘detailed notes’ when conducting a 80 minute interview with Mark Bingham in connection with the murder of Alan Easton.

The interview was conducted on February 6, 2013. At the time Bingham, aged 50, was regarded as an ‘important’ witness, but had not been charged in connection with Mr Easton’s murder.

Additionally no audio or video record was taken when Mr Bingham made his statement, which Judge Greg Dickinson QC called the ‘default position’ for police in a murder investigation.

The jury was told last week how Mr Easton, 50, was beaten, stabbed and buried in a ditch in farmland in Everton near Bawtry, possibly while he was still alive in February last year.

Bingham, of Fishponds Road West, Sheffield, is on trial along with Mr Easton’s former partner Angela Dowling, 48, of Windmill Avenue, Conisbrough and Matthew Duffy, 23, of Sussex Street, Balby. All three deny murder.

The trial continues.