FOUR IN COURT OVER SHOOTING
FOUR men have appeared in court over the death of a teenager found shot dead in a vehicle.
Peter Colwell, 18, died from a single gunshot wound to his head in the car park of the Ship Inn pub in Llanbedrog, near Pwllheli, on February 5 this year.
Harry Robert Shane Butler, 22, of Llaniestyn, Pwllheli, Benjamin George Fitzsimons, 22, and Michael David Fitzsimons, 24, both of Nanhoron, Pwllheli, and Ben Andrew Wilson, 28, of Ely, Cambridgeshire, have been charged over the incident.
But when the case was called for a plea and directions hearing at Caernarfon Crown Court yesterday the judge was asked to adjourn the hearing until November 3.
It emerged defence lawyers have yet to receive any paperwork in the case from the Crown Prosecution Service and that an indictment had only just been prepared.
Judge Paul Thomas QC said he took a “dim view” of the situation, adding: “This case can have serious consequences for many people. It is quite intolerable and I require a full explanation be sent to the resident judge within a week.”
He ordered the CPS to serve their case by Friday and a provisional trial date, if required, was set for next May.
Adjourning the hearing and granting all four bail, the judge said: “You will have to return on November 3 when you will be asked to enter a plea. By then you will have been told what the charges are and have been able to discuss the evidenc.”
Charged: (above, from left) Harry Butler, Andrew Wilson and Benjamin and Michael Fitzsimons