Pair could be charged with murder
A FATHER-of-six who was critically injured outside his Ashford home four months ago has died in hospital.
Paul Hopkins, 32, suffered serious head injuries and had been in a coma since the incident in Beecholme Drive, Kennington, at about 6pm on August 2.
Shortly afterwards he had brain surgery at London’s King’s College Hospital. His wife and children had witnessed what police described at the time as a dispute between neighbours.
A hearing at Maidstone Crown Court last week was told by Trevor Wright, prosecuting, that Mr Hopkins had died in the Kent and Canterbury Hospital on November 23.
Two men arrested in connection with the incident could now face murder charges.
Christopher Goldfinch and Scott Stevens, both 22, had denied causing Paul Hopkins grievous bodily harm with intent and an alternative charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm.
Stevens, of Augustus Walk, Kingsnorth, and Goldfinch, of Falcon Way, South Ashford, were remanded in custody and are due to stand trial on January 4 next year.
Mr Wright said there would now have to be a later date.