Three in court accused of helping Waterlooville murder suspect

PROBE Crime scene investigators in Dove Close, Wecock Farm after the stabbing. Inset, victim Simon Warton.
PROBE Crime scene investigators in Dove Close, Wecock Farm after the stabbing. Inset, victim Simon Warton.
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THREE people charged with assisting a man wanted on suspicion of murder have appeared in court.

Robert Cahill, 24, Marcus Mears, 41, and a 16-year-old girl – who cannot be named for legal reasons – are accused of helping Sean Bailey.

KILLED Simon Warton

KILLED Simon Warton

Bailey is accused of killing dad-of-one Simon Warton who died after being stabbed following a fight at a party.

Bailey, 28, denies one count of murder.

Cahill, from Broadmere Avenue, Havant, Mears, from Partridge Gardens, Waterlooville, and the 16-year-old Waterlooville girl appeared separately at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

Cahill denies a charge of assisting Bailey by providing accommodation intending to impede his apprehension or prosecution.

Mears and the 16-year-old girl each deny a charge of assisting Bailey by providing clothes and money with the intent of impeding his apprehension or prosecution.

All three defendants are alleged to have committed the offence they are charged with between April 11 and 15 this year.

District Judge Anne Arnold released each of the three defendants on unconditional bail.

They are all due to appear at Portsmouth Crown Court for trial in December.

A 29-year-old man from Havant and a 29-year-old man from Waterlooville who were each initially arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender have been released without charge.

Bailey is accused of murdering Simon Warton after a row at Curlew Gardens in Wecock Farm, Waterlooville.

Mr Warton was later found stabbed in nearby Dove Close in the early hours of April 12.

He was taken to hospital where he died.

Results of a post mortem showed Mr Warton, from Orsmond Close, Waterlooville, died of a single stab wound.

Unemployed Bailey, of Robin Gardens, Wecock, was arrested at a flat in Broadmere Avenue, Havant, two days after Mr Warton’s death and following an appeal in The News.

In June Bailey appeared at Winchester Crown Court where he entered a not guilty plea to murdering Mr Warton.

He is remanded in custody to reappear in court for a trial later this year.

Bailey’s trial is expected to last up to three weeks.