Man cleared of Morrisons murder is arrested on suspicion of being in contempt of court
PUBLISHED: 16:10 01 February 2018 | UPDATED: 08:23 02 February 2018
Archant Norfolk 2017
A man who had been cleared of the murder of a man in a Wymondham supermarket was arrested on suspicion of being in contempt of court.
John Monk, 44, was cleared of murdering 26-year-old Nick Rogers who died in hospital the day after he was attacked in Morrisons supermarket in Wymondham on July 17 last year.
The acquittal followed a trial at Norwich Crown Court last month after which John’s nephew Lee Monk, 20, was found guilty of manslaughter.
John Monk, formerly of Albini Way, Wymondham, was one of a number of family members and friends who attended court for Lee Monk’s sentencing hearing on Thursday (February 1).
Before the hearing started John Monk was arrested for an alleged contempt of court which followed an incident with Susan Rogers, the victim’s mother, outside court.
John Monk was held in the cells until a contempt of court hearing on Thursday afternoon.
Judge Stephen Holt told the court he had ordered John Monk’s arrest after receiving information that the defendant had approached Mrs Rogers and said “some extremely unpleasant things to her”.
Judge Holt said that would have amounted to a contempt of court.
But following statements gathered from a number of witnesses, including Mrs Rogers and another barrister, it was found she had approached him.
Judge Holt said he could understand why she did approach him and might have been shocked to see him.
But on the evidence he had Judge Holt said John Monk’s actions did not amount to a contempt of court.
The judge released John Monk following the short hearing.
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