Murder trial jury go out to consider verdict

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A jury is considering verdicts at Leeds Crown Court in the trial of four men accused of murdering a 41-year-old drug user at a flat in Scarborough.

Jonathan Binns died after he was stabbed in the leg by Kevin Pickering while visiting a friend’s home in Eastborough on August 7 last year.

The jury has heard during the trial that Pickering and his three co-accused had arrived at Gary Thomas’s flat shortly after Mr Binns took some heroin and one of their group David White began punching him when he would not share what he had left.

Pickering claimed he intended only to scare Mr Binns when he picked up a kitchen knife, but the jury has heard when he stabbed him in the leg he hit the femoral artery causing him to bleed to death.

After completing his summing up of the evidence on Tuesday, Mr Justice Dingemans sent the nine-man three-woman jury out to consider the case.

Pickering, 30, of Queens Terrace, denies murdering Mr Binns but has admitted his manslaughter and robbery. White, 34, also of Queens Terrace, denies murder or manslaughter but has admitted robbery. Jim Cousins, 31, of Manchester and Nicholas Polihronos, 31 of Stoney Haggs Rise, Seamer, both deny murder, the alternative of manslaughter and robbery.