Inquest into murder victim adjourned over trial delay

David Lawal, 25, was murdered in Thetford. Picture: Norfolk Constabulary

David Lawal, 25, was murdered in Thetford. Picture: Norfolk Constabulary - Credit: Norfolk Police

The inquest into the death of a murder victim has been delayed due to the trial being put back over coronavirus restrictions.

David Lawal, 25, was found at around 7pm on October 3 last year by the A134 Brandon Road in Thetford.

A Home Office post-mortem examination concluded Mr Lawal died from a single stab wound to the neck and upper chest.

A pre-inquest review hearing at Norwich Coroner’s Court in Norwich was held on September 17, by senior coroner Jacqueline Lake.

She said: “Criminal proceedings are ongoing. A trial was adjourned due to the Covid-19 pandemic but is continuing.”

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Another pre-inquest review hearing is due to take place at Norfolk Coroner’s Court on March 12.

Five people have been charged with murder with a further two people also being charged with drugs offences.

All seven were due to go on trial last month but a hearing at Norwich Crown Court in July heard that fixture would not be able to go ahead in light of coronavirus restrictions.

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The trial is expected to start on February 22.

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