4th Dec, 2016

Jury sent out in Tristram Wallace murder trial

Stratford Editorial 3rd May, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

THE JURY in the murder trial of Stratford man Tristram Wallace have retired to consider their verdict.

The Honourable Mr Justice Holroyde completed his summing up of the case around 2pm on Tuesday (May 3) and the jury was sent out to begin deliberations shortly afterwards.

Toney Jelf, 39, and Peter Mallon, 42, both of no fixed abode, and Donna Windsor, 37, of Betjeman Road, all deny murder but have admitted the manslaughter of Mr Wallace.

Neil Potter, 37, of Clopton Road, has pleaded not guilty to both murder and manslaughter – claiming he acted in self-defence.

During the course of the four week trial at Birmingham Crown Court, the jury has heard how 36-year-old Mr Wallace died from a cardiac arrest after being subjected to two separate attacks in Stratford town centre.

Mr Wallace is said to have pleaded for mercy as four people likened by one eyewitness to a “pack of wolves” repeatedly punched, kicked and stamped on him during the afternoon of June 22.

The prosecution say the attacks were the result of the mistaken belief Mr Wallace had cheated them out of a drugs deal.

It is not yet known when the jury, which is made up of eight men and four women, is expected to deliver a verdict.