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Murder trial to begin after death of Connah’s Quay man Christopher Garwell in Chester

A MURDER trial will begin at Chester Crown Court next week after a Connah’s Quay man died of his injuries following an alleged attack on the city walls.

Four young men have pleaded not guilty to murdering 23-year-old Christopher Garwell.

Mr Garwell, who lived at Bethel Place, off High Street, died in hospital from head injuries on June 9 after being allegedly assaulted on the walls, close to King Charles’ Tower, six days earlier.

Accused are David Tushingham, 20, of Melbourne Road, Blacon, Kieran Cunnah, 18, of Durham Road, Blacon, and two 17-year-old males who cannot be named due to their age.

All four are in custody.

They face a four-week trial, beginning on Tuesday, in front of Mr Justice Nichol involving 29 witnesses including pathological and neuro-pathological experts.

At a previous hearing in Warrington, Leanne Dry, 30, from Stamford Road, Blacon, pleaded guilty to sending six Facebook messages to a key witness in the case.

She called the 17-year-old witness, who cannot be named due to her age, a ‘liar’ and a ‘grass’ and threatened her with violence on June 9 – the day the alleged victim died.

Barrister Matthew Dunford, representing Dry, said her actions were done ‘in the heat of the moment’.

Dry, who has no previous convictions, will be sentenced at the conclusion of the murder trial.

She was given bail on condition she does not use social networking sites and does not approach the witness she previously threatened.

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