THREE men accused of punching and kicking a Stratford man to death on a busy road in front of dozens of witnesses have all been remanded in custody.
Tony Jelf, Peter Mallon and Neil Potter were arrested following the death of 36-year-old Tristram Wallace on June 22 and charged with his murder.
Mr Wallace, of Arden Street, died at the scene after being involved in an incident near the junction of Arden Street and Birmingham Road during the late afternoon.
Jelf, 39, of Childs Close, Stratford; Mallon, 41, of Rumer Close, Long Marston; and Potter, 36, of Oakdene Court, Clopton Road, Stratford, have all appeared at Warwick Crown Court for a preliminary hearing.
With the three men in the dock were two women, Florence Caines, 26, of Kineton Road, Wellesbourne, and Donna Windsor, 37, of Betjeman Close, Stratford.
Prosecutor Tariq Shakoor said: “Tony Jelf, Peter Mallon and Neil Potter face a charge of murder.”
He explained Mr Wallace died after it is alleged he was subjected to ‘a sustained assault by way of kicking, punching and stamping’ by the three men.
Of the two women Mr Shakoor said: “Florence Caines faces a charge of theft of a mobile phone and Donna Windsor at the moment faces just a charge of attempted theft.”
Those alleged offences are said to have taken place as Mr Wallace lay motionless on the ground.
But Mr Shakoor said the prosecution had now obtained a statement from a further witness, as a result of which Windsor is also to face a further charge of assault by beating.
And Jane Brady, for Potter pointed out: “There are in excess of 60 witnesses to the event, and there are still other witnesses coming forward.”
Judge Richard Griffith-Jones asked whether there were only going to be the three men in the dock charged with murder or whether more people may be charged.
Mr Shakoor responded: “I can’t say for sure what the final state of the indictment will be.”
The judge ordered the prosecution papers in the case should be served on the defence within eight weeks.
Judge Griffith-Jones said defence case statements should then be served by September 22, prior to a proposed plea and case management hearing two days later.
But he pointed out: “I’m not going to be around on the 24th, so it may have to go to Birmingham.”
Barristers for all five defendants indicated that they were not making bail applications.
Remanding them in custody, the judge told them: “Your next court appearance, unless there’s a problem, will be September 24.
“You will get the prosecution papers towards the end of August and will then have to help your lawyers prepare the defence case statements.”