Trial of Hornchurch men accused of involvement in market assault halted

PUBLISHED: 13:21 16 March 2015 | UPDATED: 13:21 16 March 2015

The law student accused of murdering a minicab controller told a court she had no part in his death

The law student accused of murdering a minicab controller told a court she had no part in his death


The trial of two men accused of involvement in the assault of a porter at Smithfield market was halted last week.

Nicholas Cook, 23, of Great Nelmes Chase, Hornchurch, and Daniel Sparkes, 26, of Westlands Avenue, Hornchurch, will face a retrial in September.

It is alleged the pair were involved in an attack on John Collis, along with a third unidentified man. The Old Bailey heard that Mr Collis was hit with a pan, causing a 6cm gash to his head in December 2013.

The two men deny inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent and inflicting grievous bodily harm.

The trial was halted due to problems with the availability of witnesses. Judge Nicholas Cooke QC discharged the jury and scheduled a retrial for September 28.

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