South Yorkshire murder trial set to get underway today

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A Rotherham man is expected to go on trial today charged with murdering a man in Barnsley.

David Matthew Sindall, aged 34, of Selbourne Street, Eastwood, Rotherham, is due to appear at Sheffield Crown Court charged with the murder of Dean Armitage, aged 49, from Hoyland.

Mr Armitage, a haulage company boss, had gone to confront an intruder outside his home on Skiers View Road, Hoyland, at around 3.15am last July 21 when he was attacked.

He was taken to the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield but died from his injuries three weeks later on August 9.

A post mortem examination concluded he had died from head injuries.

Sindall was later charged with murder.

Mr Armitage, who lived with his wife Mandy and their children, was described by local residents at the time as a ‘lovely, friendly and hard-working man’.

Neighbour Sylvia Whyke said as he lay ill in hospital: “Dean is a really hard-working man. 
“We don’t see much of him because he is always at work, working hard for his family.

“But when we do see him he is lovely and friendly.”

The trial is expected to take 10 days.