Man accused of Blackpool alley murder to stand trial

Police at the scene of the incident in November.
Police at the scene of the incident in November.
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A man accused of murdering a 46-year-old in a Blackpool alleyway has appeared at court.

Frank McCartney, 43, pleaded not guilty to the murder of James Whitelaw, who died on November 28 last year, at Preston Crown Court yesterday.

McCartney, of Banks Street, Blackpool, now faces trial, and was remanded into custody during the hearing.

Mr Whitelaw, who was originally from Glasgow but had moved to live in the resort, was discovered unconscious in the alley behind Regent Road at around 10pm on Friday, November 23.

A Home Office post-motem examination revealed he had received a blunt force trauma to the head.

He died from his injuries five days later at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

Jack Tindall, 21, is due to be sentenced next month for attacking Mr Whitelaw three days before he was found in the alley.

Tindall, of Bedford Road, North Shore, spent four and a half months in custody accused of murdering the victim, but the charges against him were dropped as medical evidence showed it was implausible he was responsible for the death.

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