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Eleventh person charged with murder in Michael Anton O’Connor investigation

An eleventh person is due to appear in court charged with murder following the fatal stabbing of a man.

Michael Anton O’Connor was found with knife wounds in Wilford Crescent West, in The Meadows, just before 10.30pm on Wednesday 10 November.

The 31-year-old, from Alexandra Park, later died at the Queen’s Medical Centre.

Last night (Thursday 2 December) Benjamin Taylor, 37, of Monton Road, Eccles, Manchester, became the latest suspect to be charged with murder in connection with the investigation.

He was remanded in custody and is due to appear at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court today Friday 3 December.

Ten other people have previously been charged with murder.

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They include Leonard Ward, 41, of Marwood Road, Carlton; Joseph Boscombe, 39, of Rostherne Avenue, Manchester; Joshua Agboola, 28, of Leven Grove, Darwen, Blackburn and Carla McGuire, 51, of Wilford Crescent West, The Meadows.

Also charged are Michael Mingoes, 19, of Powell Street, Manchester; Jerome Sheard, 29, of Wilford Crescent West, The Meadows; Rebecca Bell, 36, of Loughrigg Close, The Meadows; Paula Usherwood, 37, of Central Avenue, Beeston; Michael McGuire, 34, of Wilford Crescent West, The Meadows; and Curtis Sheard, 23, of Wilford Crescent West, The Meadows.

They have all been remanded in custody.

A twelfth person, Kerry-Anne Shepherd, 34, of Plantagenet Street, St Ann’s – who is charged with assisting an offender – was also remanded in custody after appearing at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court last month.

Detective Chief Inspector Rob Routledge, who is leading the investigation, said: “My team has been working tirelessly on this complex case and the number of people charged in connection with Michael’s murder reflects the seriousness with which this incident has been treated

“Specialist officers are continuing to support Michael’s family at this difficult time and officers will maintain their visible presence in The Meadows as part of their continuing efforts to reassure the local community.”



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