A MURDER suspect in the killing of a pensioner and the man said to have helped the alleged killer will face trial after pleading not guilty, we reported in August.

Adam Mason denied the murder of Desmond Wooding while Mark Mason denied assisting an offender when they appeared at Worcester Crown Court.

Adam Mason of Plough Lane, Tibberton, Droitwich, stands accused of the murder of the 80-year-old, said to have taken place on June 23 this year.

The pensioner’s body was found at his home in Vines Lane the following day.

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Mark Mason, 55, of Plough Lane, Tibberton, stands accused of assisting an offender. The charge, read out in full by the clerk, alleges that Mark Mason ‘conveyed Adam Mason away from the scene of the offence in his motor vehicle with intent to impede the apprehension or prosecution of Adam Mason, a person who had committed an arrestable offence of murder, knowing or believing him to be guilty of the offence or some other arrestable offence.’

Previously we reported how Mr Wooding died as a result of a ‘brutal stabbing.’ Mr Wooding was referred to as the ‘great uncle’ of Adam Mason at the last hearing before the crown court.

On June 25 police released a CCTV image of a man seen in the area at the time, with an appeal for anyone who recognised him to get in touch.

Mr Wooding was well known for riding his mobility scooter around Droitwich. The trial has yet to take place.