Irthlingborough murder trial: Judge sums up case

The scene of the alleged murder in Crouch Road
The scene of the alleged murder in Crouch Road

The judge in the Irthlingborough murder trial has started to sum up the case against the three defendants.

John York, 23, Jenny Ryan, 46, and Gary Monaghan, 65, are accused of murdering 60-year-old Glenn Clary on August 26 last year.

Judge Rupert Mayo was speaking to jurors at Northampton Crown Court today (Friday, March 22).

He said: “The Crown’s case is all three are guilty of murder: Mr York led the attack and the others joined in.

“Ms Ryan punched and kicked Mr Clary.

“Mr Monaghan attacked and continued to attack when he knew it would cause Mr Clary serious damage.”

Judge Mayo also said alcohol had played a significant part in the lives of all three defendants as well as the victim.

The jury again heard a recording of the 999 call made to police by York on the evening of Mr Clary’s death and video footage of the assault recorded on York’s mobile phone.

All three defendants deny murder. York, of Crouch Road, Irthlingborough, has admitted killing Mr Clary but has pleaded not guilty to murder on the grounds of diminished responsibility caused by a psychiatric condition, alcohol dependency syndrome.

Monaghan, of Crouch Road, Irthlingborough, also admits the killing but says he had only tried to teach Mr Monaghan a lesson. His lawyer, Nicholas Syfret QC, has asked the jury to find Monaghan guilty of a lesser charge of manslaughter.

Ryan, of Baker Street, Irthlingborough, denies being responsible for Mr Clary’s death.

The jury of seven women and five men are due to begin their deliberations after the judge has completed his summing up on Monday.