TWO MEN have denied murdering a man in an incident that shocked Uppermill in the run-up to Christmas.
Daniel Forster and Michael Milligan Nield both pleaded not guilty to the offence after Daniel Hogan died after being found outside the village’s methodist church on Friday, December 21.
Appearing today via video link at Manchester Crown Court, the pair, both 24-years-old, delivered their pleas before a packed court room.
Members of Mr Hogan’s family and relatives of Nield both looked on as the pair both replied, ‘Not guilty’ when charges were read out.
Now detailed evidence from neuro-pathologists and doctors will be prepared before the two stand trial on June 10.
It was also stated that more CCTV footage, either enhanced or the original version from different cameras in or close to the scene, may also be sought.
However, they will appear again, once more by video link, at Manchester Crown Court on April 18.
Forster, of the Springhead area of Oldham, and Nield, of Society Street in Shaw, were also told by Judge Patrick Field QC that they have to be as detailed as possible in their statements to defence barristers.
He said: “The position is this. If we get to trial and there’s not a defence statement for one of you or if defence statements are not sufficiently detailed, it may work against you.
“And if either of you choose not to attend your trial, that will not stop the trial taking place. A trial can take place in your absence and if you are absent, the jury may be told why you are absent.
“Your cases are now adjourned until April 18.”
The pair were remanded further in custody.