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MAN DENIES HUYTON PUB MURDER.

A MAN has denied murdering a father-of-two seven years ago.

Eugene Furlong, 39, was attacked by a gang of masked men in the Rose And Crown pub, in Derby Road, Huyton, in May 2002.

The former pub landlord and amateur boxer was bludgeoned to death by six men with baseball bats and pick-axe handles in front of horrified drinkers.

William Hughes, 39, of no fixed address, appeared at Liverpool crown court via video-link from Walton prison yesterday.

He spoke only to confirm his name and to enter his not guilty plea.

A trial date had already been set for July 13. The Recorder of Liverpool, Judge Henry Globe QC, remanded Hughes in custody.

Mr Furlong, of Ardennes Road, Huyton, was drinking at the Rose And Crown, now The Wheatsheaf, at about 11.15pm on May 11, 2002, when masked men burst in. He was dragged from his stool and attacked..
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 6, 2009
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