Man accused of murder of Darren Birks has trial adjourned

The trial accused of the murder of Boston man Darren Birks has been adjourned until December.

Delay to murder trial
Delay to murder trial

Cole Newark was originally due to stand trial accused of the murder of Boston man Darren Birks on 30 March but the hearing at Lincoln Crown Court did not take place due to the pandemic.

The trial has now been rearranged to begin on 9 December this year.

Newark, 21, of Witham Bank West, Boston, has previously pleaded not guilty to the murder of 40-year-old Mr Birks.

Newark was originally accused of inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent to Mr Birks following an alleged incident in Ingram Road, Boston, on 29 April last year.

But after Mr Birks later died the charge was changed to murder.

Judge John Pini QC ordered that the trial begin on the new date and further remanded Newark in custody.

No jury trials are currently being held at Lincoln Crown Court due to the pandemic with all hearings currently taking place Skype.