Jury considers verdict in Plaistow pub murder trial

Reece Hussain has been tried at the Old Bailey Picture: Shutterstock

Reece Hussain has been tried at the Old Bailey Picture: Shutterstock - Credit: shutterstock

The jury in a trial of a man accused of murdering a pubgoer is deciding its verdict.

Reece Hussain, 22, of no fixed abode, denies murdering 29-year-old Edward Stokes after a Plaistow pub brawl on March 19.

Hussain is also charged with – and denies – grievous bodily harm and possession of an offensive weapon following Mr Stoke’s death after a fight at the Army Navy Public House in New Barn Street, Plaistow.

The case against a second man, 22-year-old George Forde of Barclay Road in Plaistow, was dropped on November 2 because of a lack of evidence.

He was also charged with and denied murder, grievous bodily harm and possession of an offensive weapon.