Defence lawyers have given their closing speeches in the trial of three people accused of murder in Irthlingborough last summer.
Gary Monaghan, 65, Jenny Ryan, 46, and John York, 23, are accused of murdering 60-year-old Glenn Clary in the town on August 26, 2012. Mr Clary was attacked at Monaghan’s Crouch Road home after a drinking session.
Samuel Stein QC, for York, told Northampton Crown Court today (Thursday, March 21) his client suffered from alcohol dependency and should be acquitted on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
He said: “It’s only because he has that diagnosis that allows this court to even consider the question of diminished responsibility. He had drunk so much for so long his body needed alcohol to function.”
Addressing the jury, he added: “You are going to feel it isn’t right. You will correctly be disgusted by the behaviour of each one of these defendants.
“The easiest thing to do would be to find him (York) guilty of murder. But the correct answer is he should be found not guilty of murder. He should be found guilty of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.”
Mark Wall QC, defending Ryan, said York held primary responsibility for Mr Clary’s death, adding: “It was York who meted out most of the violence. York is the one who started it, there’s no doubt about it. Even he admits it.”
Ryan’s behaviour in the hours after the attack, during which she made no attempt to dispose of evidence including the boots she was wearing when she allegedly kicked Mr Clary, showed she had nothing to hide, Mr Wall said.
By contrast, he added, the other two defendants tried to move Mr Clary’s body.
Nicholas Syfret QC, representing Monaghan, told the jury it was not their place to sit in moral judgement on the behaviour of the defendants.
He said Monaghan wanted to teach Mr Clary a lesson, but said the defendant had not meant either to kill the victim or to cause him grevious bodily harm.
He added: “Think of the dynamics of the group. Do you think that either Gary Monaghan or Jenny Ryan could have inflicted the injuries that the doctor said was like a car crash?”
Instead, he invited the jury to convict Monaghan of manslaughter but acquit him of murder.
Judge Rupert Mayo will begin his summing up in the trial tomorrow.