Jurors in Bute Park murder trial begin deliberations

Jurors have begun their deliberations in the trial of three people accused of murdering a doctor in a downtown park.

Father-of-two Dr Gary Jenkins, 54, was ‘beaten, robbed, tortured and left for dead’ by two men and a teenage girl in Cardiff. Bute Park in what prosecutors allege was a murder motivated by “greed, homophobia and a direct taste for violence”.

Dr Jenkins suffered life-threatening injuries in the attack in the early hours of Tuesday July 20 last year and later died at the University Hospital of Wales Thursday, August 5.

Jason Edwards, 25, and Lee William Strickland, 36, both from Cardiffand a 17-year-old girl who cannot be named for legal reasons, all deny the murder and stand trial at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court.

Edwards, of Litchfield Court, RiversideStrickland, homeless, and the youngsters each admitted charges of manslaughter, bag theft and assault causing actual bodily harm.

Much of Bute Park was cordoned off after the attack

The trial heard that Dr Jenkins was a bisexual man who used to frequent Bute Park in Cardiff at night seeking “sexual contact with like-minded men”.

The prosecution, in its opening, alleged that the defendants “pretended to be interested in sexual encounters” before setting off in search of a vulnerable gay man to assault.

Dr. Jenkins died after sustaining blunt head trauma.

The three defendants have admitted manslaughter but deny the murder.

In his legal instructions to the jury, Judge Daniel Williams said the “sole issue” in the case was whether the defendants “intended to cause serious harm to Gary Jenkins”.

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