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Woman who came to aid of young mum in street row stabbed in neck with broken bottle, court told

Good Samaritan 'murdered in broken bottle attack'

Kim Pilling

Published 01/12/2015 | 16:52

Undated handout photo issued by the Cheshire Constabulary of Alison Wilson who intervened in a street row and was murdered when her assailant, Stephen Duggan, thrust a broken wine bottle into her neck, a jury has heard. Cheshire Constabulary/PA Wire
Undated handout photo issued by the Cheshire Constabulary of Alison Wilson who intervened in a street row and was murdered when her assailant, Stephen Duggan, thrust a broken wine bottle into her neck, a jury has heard. Cheshire Constabulary/PA Wire

A Good Samaritan who intervened in a street row was murdered when her assailant thrust a broken wine bottle into her neck, a jury has heard.

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Mother-of-two Alison Wilson, 36, was concerned for the safety of a baby whose mother was arguing with Stephen Duggan, 28, near a chip shop in Widnes, Cheshire.

Witnessing the argument from a taxi with a male friend she thought it would be "less intimidating" if she stepped in as peacemaker, Liverpool Crown Court was told.

She failed to stop the row and then Duggan allegedly turned on her and her friend as he used the bottle as a weapon.

He felled Anthony Tomlinson, 43, with a blow to the side of the head and then thrust the now broken bottle into his face before he went on to push it into the area of Ms Wilson's left neck which severed her jugular vein, the court heard.

Despite being treated quickly by paramedics and doctors following the incident on the evening of March 7 this year, Ms Wilson died in hospital six days later.

Opening the prosecution case, Gordon Cole QC said: "We say that night this defendant was the aggressor. We say it was he who lost his temper. We say it was he who deliberately attacked both Alison Wilson and Anthony Tomlinson.

"This was, we say, not some sort of accident he (Duggan) may seek to make out.

"We make it clear we do not say he intended to kill Alison Wilson but we do say he intended to inflict really serious harm because to use a broken bottle to her head and neck when she presented no threat whatsoever shows he had lost his temper."

He added Duggan issued no threats or warnings before he was said to have wielded the bottle.

Duggan, formerly of Water Street, Runcorn, had previously pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Ms Wilson but the Crown did not accept the plea, the jury was told.

He denies murder and further counts of wounding with intent and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

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