Two men in court over Pc’s murder

Published: Tuesday 23rd December 2014 by The News Editor

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Two men will appear in court today accused of the murder of an off-duty police constable.

Pc Neil Doyle, 36, was attacked in Liverpool city centre in the early hours of Friday morning during a Christmas night out with colleagues.

Andrew Taylor, 28, of Cherry Tree Road, Huyton, and Christopher Spendlove, 30, of Brandearth Hey, Stockbridge Village, are due to appear before Liverpool Magistrates’ Court, sitting at the city’s Crown Court building.

Pc Doyle and two other off-duty officers were attacked in Colquitt Street at around 3.15am on Friday.

The two officers were both treated in hospital for facial injuries.

Taylor and Spendlove have also been charged with assaulting the two officers.

Janet Potter, head of the complex casework unit of Mersey-Cheshire Crown Prosecution Service, said yesterday: “I have today authorised Merseyside Police to charge 28-year-old Andrew Taylor, who is from Cherry Tree Road, Huyton, and 30-year-old Christopher Spendlove, who is from Brandearth Hey, in Huyton, with murder.

“I have also authorised them to charge both men with two counts of grievous bodily harm, contrary to Section 18 of the Offences Against The Person Act 1861, in relation to the two other men who were with Pc Doyle and were also attacked.

“This decision was taken under the threshold test in accordance with the code for Crown prosecutors.

“These men are now the subject of criminal proceedings and have the right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.”

Last week, Pc Doyle’s widow Sarah said in a statement: “Neil was very well loved by all of his family, friends and colleagues and it is a great loss to us all.

“We are finding it extremely difficult to come to terms with what has happened and need time to be left to grieve.”

The couple got married in July and were due to go on their honeymoon next month.

A post-mortem examination concluded that Pc Doyle died from a fatal bleed around the brain.

Published: Tuesday 23rd December 2014 by The News Editor

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