Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

DRUG-SPIKED DRINK LED TO KILLING; Accused Man's Claim as House Death Murder Trial Starts Killing Case Jury Told of Drug-Spiked Drink Claim

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

DRUG-SPIKED DRINK LED TO KILLING; Accused Man's Claim as House Death Murder Trial Starts Killing Case Jury Told of Drug-Spiked Drink Claim

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Byline: GARETH LIGHTFOOT

A SPIKED drink was responsible for the violent killing of an electrician at his Middlesbrough home, claims a man accused of his murder.

Anthony Trevor Muldoon says he is not "responsible in law" for the murder of 57-year-old Norman Illingworth. Muldoon, 26, alleges his drink was laced with drugs at the Essex Street home of the victim on the night of February 17 to 18. The prosecution say he simply had too much to drink and took amphetamine, cocaine or both by choice. Then he "lost his temper and his self-control in a very violent way so that he quite literally battered Mr Illingworth to death". Mr Illingworth died fromsevere head injuries, a jury was told yesterday. The Crown say Muldoon first attacked another drinker at the house, severely disabled Andrew Hulse, 38, punching and kicking him unconscious, then assaulted Mr Illingworth. Prosecutor Toby Hedworth QC said: "It is now accepted by the defendant that he caused the injuries to Andrew Hulse and Norman Illingworth. He says that his drink that night had been spiked, that some sort of drug had been added to it, so that he is not responsible for his actions while he was under the influence of that spiked drink. The Crown say, not so. "This is a man who became intoxicated that night because of the alcohol that he chose to drink. If he was under the influence of drugs that was because he was also a willing user of drugs. "He knew that if he drank too much or combined drink and drugs it could lead to him becoming angry. And on this night, for whatever reason, he became very angry and violent .

"There is no analytical evidence to suggest that the defendant's drink had in fact been spiked." That afternoonMuldoon was seen with a bag of "whizz", amphetamine sulphate, which made him "cocky and aggressive" as he drank with the other two men, it is alleged. At about 3.20am the next morning, Muldoon turned up naked apart from his socks at the home of Mr Illingworth's neighbour Jermaine Haslam. …

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