Thurnscoe stabbing - murder trial

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A COURT trial begins today for the murder of 36-year old Thurnscoe stab victim Philip Smith.

Gary McKeown, 36, of Church Street, Thurnscoe, pleads not guilty to the murder of Philip Smith on January 28 in his hometown.

Mr Smith, of Stotfold Drive, Thurnscoe, was found critically injured late on a Saturday afternoon, following a disturbance a short distance away.

He was taken to Barnsley Hospital but died from stab injuries as confirmed by a post-mortem examination.

McKeown’s trial at Sheffield Crown Court was originally planned for September.