Norwich murder accused has case adjourned so he can meet face-to-face with his lawyers

David Hastings was stabbed to death at Rose Lane car park on Saturday. Picture: Norfolk Police

David Hastings was stabbed to death at Rose Lane car park on Saturday. Picture: Norfolk Police - Credit: Archant

A man accused of the murder of a 48-year-old at a Norwich car park has had his case adjourned so he can meet face-to-face with his legal team so further progress can be made.

David Hastings, formerly of Long Row, Norwich, was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, where he later died, after he was found with multiple stab wounds at the Rose Lane car park in Norwich, in June, last year.

Rolands Heinbergs, 22, has been charged with murder and is currently at HMP Belmarsh, and was due to appear via a video link at Norwich Crown Court.

However the hearing, at which he was expected to enter his plea, was adjourned so he can appear at the crown court in person rather than over a link from jail.

Ian James, for Heinbergs, said he hoped he would be produced at the Norwich court


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Mr James apologised for the further delay but said: 'I am extremely conscious everyone involved in this case wants progress to be made.'

He said that it would be much easier if Heinbergs was brought to court rather than just appear over a link and said: 'These matters are so much easier when one is face-to-face.'

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He said there had been logistical difficulties and said the delay was no fault of the defendant.

Judge Stephen Holt accepted the application and adjourned the case until Friday, February 22, but added: 'We have got to make some progress in this case.'

Martin Ivory appeared for the prosecution.

Police officers were called to Rose Lane car park just after midnight on June 23, last year, to reports that a man had been stabbed.

The victim Mr Hastings was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital where he died.

A post-mortem examination found Mr Hastings died as a result of multiple stab wounds.

As previously reported heartfelt tributes were paid to Mr Hastings, following his death.

One of his close friends described him as one of the nicest blokes you could ever meet.

Mr Hastings family also issued a statement saying: 'David was a beloved son, brother, dad and grandad. He was always smiling and joking and will be sadly missed by so many friends.

They added that they were devastated at his death and said: 'Our hearts are broken.'

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