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Three defendants face retrial for conspiracy to pervert the course of justice

Two men and a woman will have a retrial over an alleged conspiracy to pervert the course of justice after a stabbing near the Victoria Centre in Nottingham.

A jury was discharged from any further deliberations in the trial of the three after failing to reach verdicts earlier this month.

Now a retrial is planned on June 20 next year with a time estimate of up to two weeks, Nottingham Crown Court heard on Wednesday, September 29.

A pre-hearing will take place on a date to be arranged in December.

Daniel Austin, 45, of Westleigh Road, Broxtowe; Ethan Austin, 21, of Ash Villas, Carrington; Ethan’s sibling Shelby Austin, 25, of Robin Hood Chase, St Ann’s, will have a retrial.

The jury had heard Ethan Austin, the man responsible for a fatal stabbing in Nottingham city centre, was allegedly “spirited away” and helped by others to avoid police arrest for nine days.

Ethan Austin had drawn his short Samurai sword during a confrontation with other young men on the street outside House of Fraser, near the Victoria Centre, on September 14, 2019.

Austin lunged at 28-year-old Lee Cooper, stabbing him once to the chest with the blade passing between Mr Cooper’s ribs, penetrating into his heart and right lung.

Mr Cooper was bleeding profusely and, despite strenuous efforts to save his life, died on the ground.

Austin was tried and convicted of Mr Cooper’s murder in March last year.

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