Pair could be charged with mur­der

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

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.

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