A caravan salesman accused of assaulting a man in the village of North Somercotes earlier this month faced a new charge of manslaughter when he appeared before Lincoln Crown Court this morning (Wednesday June 18).
Jareth Wadner, 25, of Louth Road in South Somercotes, had previously been charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm on Wayne Jennings following an incident in Jubilee Road, North Somercotes, on Sunday June 1.
But today the prosecution amended the charge to manslaughter after Judge Michael Heath was told that Mr Jennings, 43, has since died.
Andrew Scott, prosecuting, told the court: “The defendant was before the Magistrates’ Court on a charge of section 20 GBH.
“The complainant was Wayne Mark Jennings. That charge was properly sent to this court, but since that date Mr Jennings has sadly passed away and the Crown will be preparing an indictment with a count of manslaughter.”
The new charge was put to Wadner at today’s hearing but no plea was taken.
Wadner was granted conditional bail to appear back before the Crown Court on September 12.