Brighton murder case ends with jury unable to reach verdict – new trial ordered

Posted On 13 Dec 2019 at 3:21 pm

The jury in the Abdul Deghayes murder trial has been discharged this afternoon (Friday 13 December) after being unable to agree a verdict.

Abdul Deghayes

A new trial before a new jury has been scheduled to start on Tuesday 2 June.

Deghayes, 22, of Chadborn Close, Brighton, died after he was stabbed eight times in what was described as “a short but vicious attack”.

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Daniel Macleod, 37, denied murder but admitted stabbing Deghayes during a drug deal in Brighton in February.

He told the court that he had been trying to defend himself after Deghayes tried to rob him of a bag of cocaine.

Deghayes died the next morning, Sunday 17 February, at the Royal Sussex County Hospital.

Macleod, of Gipsy Road, south London, will remain in custody while he awaits a new trial. He has admitted drugs charges.

Another man, Stephen Burns, 55, of Lennox Street, Brighton, was charged with helping a murderer, and will also face a retrial.

He has also admitted drugs charges and was released on bail.

The jury of six men and six women retired last Friday (6 December) after a summing up by the trial judge Dame Parmjit Kaur “Bobbie” Cheema-Grubb, known as Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb.

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