THE brave mum of Mark Denton wept as distressing details of his shocking attack and fatal injuries were read out in court yesterday.
Ann Denton attended the trial into the New Year murder of her son along with her husband and Mark’s dad Brian, and other relatives and close friends.
The public gallery inside Court number 11 at Teesside Crown Court was packed, with all 29 seats occupied.
The start of the trial yesterday was the first time that members of Mark’s family saw defendants Anthony Middleton and David Sowerby in person.
All previous hearings were conducted over videolinks to prison where they are being held on remand.
Appearing in the glass-fronted dock, Middleton wore a grey suit over a casual shirt while Sowerby was wearing black trousers and a jet black shirt.
The trial is being conducted by the senior judge, The Honourable Mr Justice Green.
The prosecution and both defence teams are led by senior QC barristers, also referred to as ‘silks’.
Two uniformed police officers attended outside the courtroom to calm any tension between Mark’s family and that of the defendants, who are half brothers.
The jury of seven women and five men were read an outline of the case and alleged actions of Sowerby and Middleton yesterday afternoon.
They were then shown shocking photos of the house after Mark died, and a picture of a blood-soaked shirt that he had been wearing on the night.
His devastating injuries were depicted to the jury in computer generated images which still proved distressing to Mark’s family and friends in the public gallery.
A number of witnesses who were at the party are due to give evidence in court over the next week.
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