Kidnapping puts court case on hold

A SUSPECTED shoplifter who was kidnapped and brutally assaulted after his brother was charged with murder was unable to attend St Helens Magistrates’ Court last week amid security fears.

Stephen Skelhorn, 27, of Ward Street, Prescot, was bundled into the back of a black Hackney cab and left with two broken legs and a partly severed ear after his brother, Shaun, was charged with the murder of Thomas Thompson at a Liverpool hotel.

The attack on Stephen Skelhorn took place when he was dragged out of the cab on a patch of remote land in Liverpool in April.

He had been due to appear before St Helens Magistrates last Friday (October 7) accused of stealing eight t-shirts – worth a combined total of £199.92 – from the town centre JD Sports store on Church Street.

But his solicitor explained that the case against his client needed to be adjourned. The shoplifting case was put back until November 3.

Earlier this year Stephen’s brother Shaun Skelhorn, 30, of no fixed abode, was charged with the murder of Thomas Thompson at the budget Manor Hotel on Edge Lane, Liverpool.

Mr Thompson, 29, was found dead in one of the hotel’s rooms on Sunday, April 17. He had suffered massive head injuries.

Shaun Skelhorn has since pleaded guilty to the murder but co-accused Leanne Wilkinson, 26, of Langbar, Whiston, is currently on trial at Liverpool Crown Court after denying a murder charge.