QUEEN'S BENCH DIVISION
London WC2A 2LL
B e f o r e :
MR JUSTICE KING
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Mr Caldecott QC (instructed by Goodman Derrick) appeared on behalf of the Defendant
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"Five men are due in court later charged with the murder of an amateur footballer. Kevin Noons' body was found near a pub in the village of Pattingham near Wolverhampton in 2002. He was a drugs courier for a group affiliated with a notorious gang the Johnson group. One of the defendants Levy Solomon Walker is already serving life for the murder of a soldier three years ago."
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