29th Mar, 2020

Droitwich pensioner Desmond Wooding was stabbed 11 times, jury told

Harry Leach 24th Feb, 2020 Updated: 25th Feb, 2020

DROITWICH pensioner Desmond Wooding was stabbed 11 times in the neck and chest during his alleged murder last June.

Charged with his murder is defendant Adam Leslie Mason, aged 32, of Plough Lane, Tibberton, who appeared at Worcester Crown Court today for day one of his trial.

Prosecutor Mr Adrian Keeling told the jury that Mr Wooding was romantically involved with a member of Mason’s family.

He said that Mr Wooding was ‘not well-liked’ by the Mason family because of that relationship.

The body of Mr Wooding, who lived alone at 63 Vines Lane, was discovered in his living room by a neighbour on June 24 last year.

The neighbour, who is a witness in the case, allegedly saw Mr Wooding’s front door unlocked and decided to investigate.

Mr Keeling said: “Mason was seen on CCTV leaving a pub on Vines Lane at 8.32pm on June 23.

“After leaving the pub there are about 20 minutes unaccounted for before Mason was spotted again on CCTV being picked up in a car at the end of the road.

“The driver was his uncle, Mark Anthony Mason, and together they drove to an isolated area outside of Droitwich where they spent some time before driving home together.

“They told police that they were taking their dogs for a walk.”

Mark Mason, 55, who also appeared in court, is charged with assisting an offender.

He has been granted bail while Adam Mason remains in custody.

The trial, which is expected to last two to three weeks, continues tomorrow, February 25.

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