HICKEY'S FEUD WITH MR LARGE.Byline: TONY LARNER Chief Reporter
ONE of the Bridgewater Four The Bridgewater Four was the collective name given to the quartet of men who were tried and found guilty of killing teenage paper boy Carl Bridgewater (January 2, 1965 - September 19, 1978). After 18 years their convictions were overturned. The case has never been solved. has launched a new battle to clear his name - after being charged with assaulting a 'noisy' neighbour.
Vincent Hickey, 46, has been accused of punching Christopher Large in a 4am bust-up outside their homes in Cannock, Staffordshire.
But Hickey, one of four men wrongly convicted of killing paperboy Carl Bridgewater, has denied the offence OFFENCE, crimes. The doing that which a penal law forbids to be done, or omitting to do what it commands; in this sense it is nearly synonymous with crime. (q.v.) In a more confined sense, it may be considered as having the same meaning with misdemeanor, (q.v. .
In an exclusive interview with the Sunday Mercury Sunday Mercury is a Sunday newspaper published in Birmingham, UK. A tabloid, with a sensationalist streak, it is owned by Trinity Mirror and produced in the same newsroom as The Birmingham Post and The Evening Mail. References
1. , he claimed that Mr Large and his housemate house·mate
One who shares a house with another.
Noun 1. housemate - someone who resides in the same house with you were neighbours This article is about an Australian soap opera. For other articles with similar names, see Neighbours (disambiguation).
Neighbours is a long-running Australian soap opera, which began its run in March 1985. from hell - who had been scaring his young daughter with their loud music.
Now the feuding pair could square up again if a trial date is set by Cannock magistrates at Hickey's second court appearance on Thursday.
Staffordshire paperboy Carl, 13, was shot dead at Yew Tree Farm in Wordsley, Stourbridge, in 1978.
Vincent Hickey, his cousin Michael Hickey and Jimmy Robinson were jailed for his murder in 1979 and a fourth man, Patrick Molloy, was found guilty of manslaughter manslaughter, homicide committed without justification or excuse but distinguished from murder by the absence of the element of malice aforethought. Modern criminal statutes usually divide it into degrees, the most common distinction being between voluntary and .
The four verdicts were quashed by the Court of Appeal in 1997 after it was revealed that Molloy, who died in jail in 1981, had been tricked by police into signing a false confession confession, in law, the formal admission of criminal guilt, usually obtained in the course of examination by the police or prosecutor or at trial. For a confession to be admissible as evidence against an accused individual, it generally must have been procured .
The men are still awaiting a full compensation settlement from the Home Office.
After being freed, Vincent Hickey moved in with girlfriend Lee Hendon in Cannock and the couple now have a two-year-old daughter.
But Hickey claims that his dreams of enjoying a quiet life were shattered shat·ter
v. shat·tered, shat·ter·ing, shat·ters
1. To cause to break or burst suddenly into pieces, as with a violent blow.
a. six months ago when Mr Large and another man moved in next door.
'We have lived in the street for a few years and all the neighbours get on great together,' he said.
'But these two men would arrive home from a night out at 4am and turn their music on full blast.
'My two-year-old daughter would be asleep and the noise would wake and scare her.
'I have been around their house a few times to ask them politely to keep the noise down, but they ignored me.
'On May 16 they both came in again and the music started blasting. I went round and one of them came out of the house and seemed very drunk.
'We had an argument but that was it - I never threw a punch.
'I have pleaded not guilty to the charge. Hopefully, it will be dropped when I appear in court again on Thursday.
'All I want is peace and quiet for my daughter. Whatever else they get up to in the privacy of their own home is up to them.'
The Sunday Mercury called at Mr Large's house but a man who answered the door refused to speak to us.
'No comment,' he said.
NOISE DISPUTE... The houses belonging to Vincent Hickey and Christopher Large and (right) Hickey at his appeal