Man pleads not guilty to murder in Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 11:59 14 September 2018

St Albans Crown Court. Picture: Danny Loo

St Albans Crown Court. Picture: Danny Loo

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A Welwyn Garden City man accused of murder at flats in Panshanger has pleaded not guilty.

Matthew Fathers, 30, of Little Hardings, appeared via video link at St Albans Crown Court on Wednesday, September 12, where he pleaded not guilty to the murder of WGC man Andrew Mason.

Mr Mason, aged 31 at the time, died after being stabbed in a communal area of a block of flats in Ley Walk during the early hours of Saturday, June 16.

Co-defendant Darryl Daley, 46, of Moss Green in WGC, has been charged with attempted robbery. The charge has not yet been put to him.

They have both been remanded in custody, with the murder trial date set for December 6, but that may be brought forward by a few days.

Mr Mason, who had a daughter and was the eldest of four brothers, was described by his family as “bright, inquisitive and had a heart of gold”.

•More: Tributes paid to Panshanger stab victim after two men charged

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