Michael Phillips murder trial: Latest updates as seven defendants return to the dock
Seven men accused of the murder of Michael Phillips from Hartlepool will return to Teesside Crown Court on Thursday, January 30 as their trial continues.
The men, who all deny murder, have been charged with killing Mr Phillips, who was 39, in a savage attack which saw him receive more than 50 injuries at a property in the town’s Rydal Street. The seven men are: Lee Darby, 32, of Ridley Court; Neil Elliott, 44, of Briarfield Close; Gary Jackson, 31, of The Darlings in Hart Village; John Musgrave, 54, of Wordsworth Avenue; Sean Musgrave, 30, also of Wordsworth Avenue; Anthony Small, 40, of Rydal Street, and Craig Thorpe, 36, of Young Street. Refresh for updates from Thursday’s hearing as they happen. Our reporter Sophie Brownson is in court.