A STRATFORD woman has appeared in court accused of taking part in the killing of a man who was kicked to death in the town in front of dozens of witnesses.
Donna Windsor had originally been charged only with attempted theft from victim Tristram Wallace during the incident which led to his death in June.
But after being taken from HMP Peterborough, where she had been remanded in custody, to Peterborough police station she was charged with 36-year-old Mr Wallace’s murder.
Because of where she was charged, her case was originally sent for a preliminary hearing at Cambridge Crown Court.
But instead Windsor, 37, of Betjeman Close, Stratford, appeared at Warwick Crown Court, where she had previously appeared in June with four other defendants.
Prosecutor Matthew Brook told the court: “Mr Wallace was murdered by a group of individuals in Stratford earlier this year.
“There are a number of co-accused who have already been before the court.”
Mr Wallace, of Arden Street, Stratford, died at the scene after being involved in an incident near the junction of Arden Street and Birmingham Road during the later afternoon on June 22.
The court has heard he died after it is alleged he was subjected to ‘a sustained assault by way of kicking, punching and stamping.’
At the previous hearing in June three men, Toney Jelf, 39, of Childs Close, Stratford; Peter Mallon, 41, of Rumer Close, Long Marston; and Neil Potter, 36, of Oakdene Court, Clopton Road, Stratford, faced a charge of murder.
Florence Caines, 26, of Kineton Road, Wellesbourne, was charged with the theft of Mr Wallace’s phone, and Windsor was facing a charge of attempted theft from the victim as he lay motionless on the ground.
But Mr Brook explained: “Because the murder took place at a busy time and place, a number of people saw it.”
And after more statements had been taken the decision was taken to charge Windsor with allegedly taking part in the fatal attack.
Mr Brook added that a plea and case management hearing is due to take place on September 24 or 25.
But Judge Richard Griffith-Jones pointed out that he is not sitting at that time, so the hearing is expected to take place at Birmingham Crown Court instead.
Nick Devine, defending, said he was not making an application for bail.
So Judge Griffith-Jones adjourned Windsor’s case to be heard with that of her four co-defendants, and remanded her in custody until then.