Killer accused court hearing

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A man accused of manslaughter has had the first hearing of his case at court.

Ben Gayton, 26, of Rodwell Walk, Grange Park, Blackpool, is charged with unlawfully killing Anthony Roberts.

The offence is alleged to have taken place on March 26 this year in Queen Street, Blackpool.

Mr Roberts, 44, from Blackpool, who is believed to have come from Blackburn, had been for a night out at the Walkabout bar when he was attacked at 3am as he walked home with a friend.

He was left unconscious at the junction of the resort’s Queen Street and Abingdon Street.

Mr Roberts was taken by ambulance to The Walton Centre, Liverpool, a specialist head trauma unit, but died on April 10 after a fortnight in a coma.

Gayton was originally charged with wounding Mr Roberts with intent to cause him grievous bodily harm and remanded in custody.

He did not appear at court to face the new charge of manslaughter.

District Judge Jeff Brailsford sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court adjourned the case to Friday June 27 for Gayton to appear at court via the video-link from Preston Prison.