FOUR IN COURT OVER SHOOT­ING

Caernarfon Herald - - FRONT PAGE -

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

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