MANSLAUGHTER CASE LATEST: Victim was imprisoned in Louth home by bully and left to asphyxiate jury told

Court news
Court news

A Louth man caused the death of a “quiet and vulnerable” fellow drinker after imprisoning the victim inside his own home, a jury was told today (Wednesday, January 7).

Harry Scott is alleged to have trapped Richard Woods, 32, inside the loft of Mr Woods’ terraced home in Spring Terrace, Louth, at the end of a night out drinking in the town.

Adrienne Lucking QC, prosecuting, told a jury at Lincoln Crown Court that Mr Woods found that his only way out was to try and climb through the steps of the ladder.

But as he did so he became stuck and was trapped between two steps.

Miss Lucking said “This was no schoolboy prank. It was bullying by the defendant at the end of a course of bullying. Richard Woods tried to escape by climbing down between the steps of the ladder and he was left hanging in a position which ultimately proved to be fatal.

“The defendant didn’t help him whilst he was hanging there in the process of asphyxiation. What he did was pick up a piece of wood and strike Richard Woods to the side of his body repeatedly.”

Miss Lucking said that Mr Woods died as a result of “positional asphyxiation”.

Scott, 23, of Ramsgate, Louth, denies a charge of manslaughter as a result of the incident on January 12 last year.

The trial continues...