Everton murder trial: Victim executed in dead of night, jury told

Alan James Easton
Alan James Easton

Three people have gone on trial today accused of the ‘brutal murder’ of a man who was left to die in a shallow grave in a remote farmland ditch.

Angela Dowling, 48, of Windmill Avenue, Conisbrough, Matthew Duffy, 23, of Sussex Street, Balby, and Mark Bingham, 50, of Fishponds Road West, Sheffield, have gone on trial at Nottingham Crown Court accused of murdering Alan Jones Easton.

The jury was told that Mr Eaton was beaten, stabbed and buried in a ditch in farmland in Everton near Bawtry, possibly while he was still alive.

Opening the case for the prosecution, Ian Unsworth QC said: “To put it bluntly he was executed in the dead of the night.”

Stephen Schofield, 31, also of Windmill Avenue, Conisbrough, has admitted murdering Mr Easton, 50, from Dumbartonshire.

The trial continues.