Hereford murder trial - jury retire to consider verdicts

Steven Paynter died in Whitecross, Hereford

Steven Paynter died in Whitecross, Hereford

First published in News
Last updated

The jury in the trial of a Hereford man accused of murder has gone out to consider its verdict.

Stacy Hales, 36, of Belmont Road, Hereford, denies murdering Steven Paynter, 46, at his Ryelands Street home on August 3 last year.

Kim Horry, 20, denies assisting an offender by disposing of Hales' bloodstained clothes.

Over the last nine days the jury have heard from Philip Bennetts, prosecuting, who said that Mr Paynter had been stabbed in the neck over an unpaid debt of £40.

However, when giving his evidence Hales maintained that he was defending himself after Mr Paynter attacked him with a knife.

But Hales claims that he did not touch or use a knife.

Horry admitted she gave her boyfriend, Hales, a carrier bag upon his return home but said she did not know what it was for or what happened to it.

Judge Robert Juckes QC this morning invited the jury to take their time while considering their verdicts.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree