Live: Colchester murder accused appears in court after three men found dead

A man is due to make an appearance in court today accused of the murder of three men. The bodies of 35-year-old Danny Gibson and 31-year-old Jason Gibson were found inside a house in Wellesley Road on Sunday. Officers also found a third man, 25-year-old Richard Booth, dead inside a car on Hospital Road.

Post-mortem examinations found they died as a result of multiple stab wounds. Tom Saunders, 32, of Bounstead Road in Colchester will today appear at Colchester Magistrates’ Court charged with three counts of murder. Police are continuing to search 10 areas being treated as crime scenes in connection to the alleged murder.

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How events unfolded

  1. 10.15pm – Police called

    Just past 10pm on Saturday evening, officers were called to Wellesley Road after it was reported that a loud altercation took place between a group of men.

    When they arrived, they found the bodies of three men. Two men were found inside the property, with a third in a car outside of the property. Detectives have said that they aren’t looking for anyone else, but are keeping an open mind.

  2. 1am – More police arrive

    Live: Colchester murder accused appears in court after three men found dead

    By 1am Sunday morning, the surrounding streets were full of police activity.

    Harvey Atkin, a nearby resident, said: “At about 1.30am a police truck turned up and made so much noise it woke us up,” he explained. “We weren’t sure what was going on. “We thought they were just towing a vehicle away so we went back to bed.”

    At this point barely anyone knew what had happened and no information had been made available to the public.

  3. 4.30am – Forensics arrive

    Live: Colchester murder accused appears in court after three men found dead

    According to Millie Clark, a 24-year-old resident of a nearby street, a forensics van arrived on the scene at 4.30am. She had noticed the cordon and police activity an hour prior, having returned from a night out in Colchester town centre. She said: “At 4.30am there was a forensics van that turned up, and it’s all been going on since then

    “I didn’t get much sleep because I was wondering what was going on.” Forensic officers remain at the scene, investigating the area.

  4. 10.45am – Photos emerge online of the scene

    Live: Colchester murder accused appears in court after three men found dead

    At 10.45am, Twitter user Adam Roxby, posted pictures online of the police cordon. He tweeted: “Something serious seems to happen in the Wellesley Road area of Colchester.”

    It’s understood that only residents can access the road at this time, with those trying to gain access being asked to show identification for it. Shortly afterwards, Essex Live sent a photographer down to the scene and contacted Essex Police about the situation.

  5. 12.30pm – Triple murder investigation confirmed

    Live: Colchester murder accused appears in court after three men found dead

    Just after midday, Essex Police released a statement confirming that the cordon was in place due to an ongoing triple murder investigation. Officers, ambulances and forensic teams all still remain in the residential area in Colchester, with a cordon expected to stay in place for up to three days.

    After this statement, the nation’s media descended on the normally quiet road, and the country learns of the grizzly details. Essex Police are still looking for anyone with information regarding the incident. They would like to speak to anyone who was in or around the Wellesley Road area between 6pm on Saturday 5 October and 1am on Sunday 6 October and witnessed any suspicious or unusual behaviour.

 

Reporter Hope Woolston is at the hearing and will be bringing you the latest updates from court.

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