Michael Duck QC Prosecutes “Body Found in Walsall Flat” Murder Case

Thu, 10 Jan 2019

No5 Barristers’ Chambers’ Michael Duck QC is leading the prosecution of Darren Barnes charged with murdering Mr Edwin Bradley,47, whom he "believed to be a sex offender.”

Mr Duck told Wolverhampton Crown Court 65-year-old Edwin Bradley was struck over the head with a bottle before being kicked and stamped on during the attack in a flat at St Thomas Close, Coalpool, and suffered 23 fractures to his ribs which caused him catastrophic internal injuries.

It is alleged he was attacked by 48-year-old Darren Barnes, who had become a regular visitor to the flat during the days running up to the attack, which occurred between July 2 and 4 last year.

Barnes left the area on July 4 and headed for Derbyshire. He allegedly abandoned his current address in Bloxwich Road, Walsall and changed his phone.

Barnes was tracked down by police to a pub in Matlock on July 27, revealed Mr Duck, who claimed: "One of the officers went over to him and said he wanted to speak to him. The defendant’s response was: ‘Are you arresting me for murder?’ It was a telling response.”

Barnes told police he believed Mr Bradley had been involved in sexual offences, the court heard.

Barnes denies murder and theft of a computer hard drive.

The case continues.

 To read more on this case please see https://www.expressandstar.com/news/crime/2019/01/08/edwin-bradley-found-murdered-in-his-own-flat/

 

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