Jury fails to reach verdict

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A JURY trying an man accused of stabbing another man to death has failed to reach a verdict.

After 17 hours deliberations the jury were unable to agree whether David Dempsey, 42, of Astley is guilty or not of murdering Steven Butterworth.

Judge David Aubrey, QC, discharged them and Dempsey was further remanded in custody to face a re-trial later in the year. The date for that is to be fixed on Friday.

During his trial Liverpool Crown Court heard that recently widowed Mr Butterworth, was stabbed to death at his home in Diamond Street, Leigh, on August 25 last year.

He told paramedics, who found he had stab wounds to his chest and back, that someone had pushed their way into the house and stabbed him after stealing his wallet – which contained £400 in cash, his cards and driving licence – but that he did not want to make a statement.

He told his niece in hospital that he had been stabbed by the man who had come round earlier and sold him a gold watch.

Mr Butterworth, 62, died in hospital from his injuries just over one month later on September 27.