Murder trial hears evidence ‘disposed of’

Savagely attacked: Christopher Lemonius sustained more than 80 injuries leading to his death

Evidence in the case of an Oxford man who died of his injuries after being “savagely attacked” was deliberately disposed of to hinder police investigations.

Christopher Lemonius, 27, died on June 1 last year after sustaining more than 80 injuries following an attack in Jourdain Road, Blackbird Leys.

The personal belongings of six men who deny murder and four others who deny perverting the course of justice had never been found, prosecution barrister Stuart Trimmer QC told Oxford Crown Court.

The jury heard that Mr Lemonius was “savagely attacked” by a gang and that clothing worn by the defendants, which was seen on a Premier store’s CCTV, could not be found.

Mr Trimmer said clothes and some mobile phones were disposed of in an active plan to pervert the course of justice.

CCTV coordinator Det Con Deborah North of Thames Valley Police said 81 CCTV exhibits had been seen by investigating officers.

Those charged with murder include: Yousef Koudoua, 27, of Balfour Road, Yasine Lamzini, 19, of Jourdain Road, Rashaun Stoute, 23, of Church Cowley Road, Connor Woodward, 24, of Haldene Road, Otman Lamzini, 24, of Jourdain Road and Carlos Spencer, 26, of Wynbush Road.

The trial continues.

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