Jury discharged in trial over alleged murder

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THE JURY has been discharged after failing to reach a verdict 
in the trial of a teenager accused of murdering a man with a baseball bat during a burglary.

Declan Bickerdike, 18 of High Ash Crescent, Alwoodley, denies the murder of Clifford Amoh in May this year at his home in Coldcotes Crescent, Gipton.

The jury heard during the trial at Leeds Crown Court that Bickerdike and four other men targeted Mr Amoh’s property in order to steal cannabis plants on May 7. The prosecution claimed the others went upstairs for the plants while Bickerdike remained with Mr Amoh, 29 and allegedly assaulted him with the bat. a friend found Mr Amoh with serious head injuries lying on his settee.

The jurors had spent over 17 hours deliberating but were discharged yesterday by the high court judge, Mr Justice Males, after indicating they could not agree. Tahir Khan, prosecuting, asked for time to consider the position of Bickerdike.

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