Five more men charged with the murder of Hartlepool man Michael Phillips

Five more men have been charged with the murder of Michael Phillips who died in a Hartlepool terrace house.

Thursday, 29th August 2019, 9:50 am
Updated Thursday, 29th August 2019, 9:58 am
Michael Phillips lost his life on Monday, June 10, 2019.

Cleveland Police has confirmed that five men, who are all from Hartlepool, have been charged with murder of the 39-year-old.

Mr Phillips was found dead at a property in the town’s Rydal Street following a disturbance at around 9pm on Monday, June 10.

Cleveland Police said Phillips suffered “significant injuries” prior to his death.

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The following five men were charged with his murder on Wednesday, August 28:

John Musgrave, 54

Anthony Small, 39

Craig Thorpe, 36

Sean Musgrave, 30

Gary Jackson, 30

Two other men have appeared in court charged with murder.

A director of Niramax waste management firm, Neil Elliott, 44, of Briarfield Close, Hartlepool, appeared at Teesside Magistrates' Court in June alongside co-accused Lee Darby, 31, of Ridley Court, Hartlepool.

Both men denied killing Mr Phillips at a preliminary hearing at Teesside Crown Court in July.

Elliott also pleaded not guilty to assaulting Lee Cardwell occasioning him actual bodily harm.

While Darby pleaded not guilty to possession of a stun gun disguised as a firearm on Wednesday, June 12.

A provisional trial date was set of January 6 next year.

At the hearing, prosecuting and defence lawyers agreed the case will take four or five weeks to try.

The judge ordered a further management hearing to take place on September 27, at which he expects all defendants to be present.

Elliott and Darby were remanded in custody in the meantime.