Murder retrial jury retires to consider verdict

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THE jury in the retrial of a Burnley man accused of murdering his late mother’s partner has retired to consider its verdict.

Earlier this week Kenneth Howson (26) told Preston Crown Court he used violence on James Atkinson (55) but denied murdering him in October last year.

Mr Atkinson’s body was discovered with that of his friend Neil Gilmore at Mr Gilmore’s flat in Waddington Avenue, Brunshaw.

At a previous trial, Howson was convicted of murdering Mr Gilmore, but a jury were unable to reach a verdict on him regarding Mr Atkinson. Another man, Daniel Waddington was convicted of murdering both men.