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Cole Newark found guilty of murder

Boston man Cole Newark has been found guilty of the murder of Darren Birks.

Newark, 22, of Witham Bank West, was convicted at Nottingham Crown Court after he was found guilty of murder, and possession of an offensive weapon which was used during the attack.

The trial heard how Darren Birks, aged 40, was badly beaten by Newark who had armed himself with a knuckleduster in Ingram Road, Boston, on the evening of April 29, 2019.

The swelling to Mr Birks' face and head was so severe that he was placed in an induced coma in hospital. He sadly died on May 9th.

Newark, who entered a not guilty plea to murder but pleaded guilty to manslaughter, is due to be sentenced at Lincoln Crown Court on 11th September

Detective Chief Inspector Karl Whiffen, leading the investigation, said: “This has been a very difficult time for the family of Mr Birks who sadly died following a brutal attack. Our thoughts are with his family at this very difficult time.”

A further release will be issued following sentence.

08 Sep 20 6:24 PM

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