Man accused of killing popular Northampton pub regular also charged over wounding with wine bottle

Paul Smith tragically passed away from injuries he sustained in an incident at the Out of Town pub in July.
Paul Smith tragically passed away from injuries he sustained in an incident at the Out of Town pub in July.

A man charged with the murder of a 49-year-old Northampton pub regular has had another charge of wounding added to his indictment.

Courtney Flannigan is accused of killing Paul Smith at the Edge of Town pub in Regent Street on July 10 last year, as well as inflicting grievous bodily harm on two of Mr Smith’s friends using a glass bottle the same night.

But at Northampton Crown Court this afternoon, judge Rupert Mayo ordered that another charge of unlawfully and maliciously wounding a man be added to the 21-year-old's indictment.

On June 19, 2015, Flannigan is alleged to have used a wine bottle to strike a man who had started a conversation with his mother in St Leonard's Road, Far Cotton.

Judge Mayo, said: "This is a case where both cases should be tried together."

He added: "Mr Flannigan will receive a fair trial on all matters."

Flannigan, who appeared in court via video link, pleaded not guilty to the 2015 charge.

He has previously pleaded not guilty to the murder and the grievous bodily harm charges relating to the Out of Town pub incident.

Flannigan, of Pleydell Gardens, Far Cotton, was remanded into custody until the next review of the case on July 31.

Popular pub regular Paul Smith died of his injuries around two months after the incident at the Out of Town pub. The 49-year-old had an underlying heart condition, which he was taking medication for.