Blackpool murder trial jury to retire

Jurors in the trial of a man accused of murdering a dad on the street where he lived are due to consider their verdict on Tuesday.
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Andrew Claydon, 44, also of Lytham Road, denies murder but admits manslaughter - a lesser offence in law - and is on trial before Preston Crown Court.

Matthew Pearson, 42, originally from Garstang, died at the Royal Preston Hospital on Sunday, August 2 following an assault on Lytham Road in Blackpool, close to the junction with Bournemouth Road at 6.45pm on Saturday, July 18 last year.

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A post mortem examination found Mr Pearson, who lived in a flat on Lytham Road, died from blunt trauma head injuries.The victim's blood was recovered from his trainers.

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He was then seen to stamp on his head as he lay in the road, a four day trial was told.


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