Murder trial jury fails to reach verdict

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THE jury in the trial of a former soldier accused of murdering a St Helens man has failed to reach a verdict.

Stephen Thomas, 25, was charged with killing Darren Bolger during a fight in the town centre.

But after 11 hours deliberarting at Liverpool Crown Court jurors were unable to agree a verdict.

During the eight day trial it was alleged that he murdered 40-year-old Mr Bolger during a daylight attack off busy Parr Street, in St Helens.

Mr Bolger suffered a fractured skull during the incident near the Salvation Army Hostel in St Helens, which led to fatal bleeding and swelling on the brain.

He was taken to Whiston Hospital where fell into a coma and was declared dead shortly before midnight.

Thomas, of no fixed address, but formerly of Wigan, denies murder on January 27.

Thomas, who had only been released from prison that day, admitted hitting Mr Bolger, but insisted it was a “fight that had gone wrong”.

The judge, Mrs Justice Sharp further remanded him in custody until July 6 when the case will be mentioned in relation to a possible re-trial.