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PSQB are delighted to announce Kate Wilson has been appointed to be Deputy District Judge for the North Eastern Circuit. #deputydistrictjudge #northeasterncircuit #PSQB


We are delighted to announce Helena Spector will be joining our Criminal, Civil and Regulatory teams on 11 October 2021. #PSQB #newtenant


Lorraine Harris appointed as Area Coroner for Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire #PSQB #Inquests #AreaCoroner #Appointments

Man jailed for life for brutal Durham hammer murder – Richard Wright QC and Michael Collins prosecute

A man who beat his friend to death with a hammer following a drunken row has been jailed for life at Teesside Crown Court.

Marty Bates murdered John Littlewood in Durham inn July 2019.

Richard Wright QC led Michael Collins for the prosecution.

Bates was sentenced to life imprisonment yesterday by The Recorder of Middlesbrough, Judge Paul Watson QC.

Bates will serve a minimum of 24 years.

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