John-Paul Johnson Murder Trial: Jury unable to reach verdict on Daniel Bastable

Murder victim John-Paul Johnson
Murder victim John-Paul Johnson

THE jury in the trial of a man accused of murdering 42-year-old John-Paul Johnson at a halfway house in Mansfield has been unable to reach a verdict.

Jurors spent more than five hours deliberating as to whether 20-year-old Daniel Bastable took part in the attack but they were unable to make a majority decision.

Two men, Carl Green (25) and Christopher Buckland (30), have already admitted the murder of Mr Johnson but Bastable denies the charge.

It is alleged that Bastable, who was a fellow resident at the halfway house for vulnerable people on Chesterfield Road South, stamped on Mr Johnson after he had already been attacked by Green and Buckland on 25th October last year.

Judge Michael Stokes QC discharged the 12-man jury on Friday afternoon and Bastable has been remanded in custody until his case will next be heard at Nottingham Crown Court on Thursday morning where the possibility of a retrial will be discussed.