Published: 11 May, 2012
by DAVID St GEORGE
OVER-indulging in alcohol is believed to have led to the violent death of a wheelchair user at his home in Islington, last month.
And as a result a 58-year-old friend and drinking companion of the victim, Rodney Hickford, made a brief Old Bailey appearance on Friday accused of murder.
Judge Anthony Morris, QC, remanded Norman Newmarch in custody – there was no application for bail – and he is due in court again on August 3 for a fuller hearing.
Mr Hickford, 59, is alleged to have suffered 20 stab wounds at his flat in Thornhill Road, controlled by a housing association, on April 30.
For the prosecution, Mr Gino Connor requested an adjournment for detectives to continue their inquiries into the circumstances of Mr Hickford’s death.
A knife is understood to have been left embedded in his body.
Newmarch, of Florence Street, Islington, was arrested near the scene where Mr Hickford had lived for more than a decade at the same address, a four-storey house.