Two facing dates at crown court in relation to murder case

TWO Boston people have been sent to Lincoln Crown Court charged with offences connected to the murder case of a father of three in the town.

Steven Ebbutt, of Ingelow Avenue, and Natisha Nodder, of Skirbeck Road, are charged with perverting the course of justice in the case surrounding the murder of Polish national Janusz Smoderek, who was found dead in a garden on Sleaford Road in September

It is alleged that Ebbutt, 43, was involved in transporting the man accused of murdering Mr Smoderek – Stephen Sleaford, of no fixed abode – away from the area between September 10 and September 14.

Nodder, 36, was charged with committing acts with the intention to pervert the course of public justice.

They appeared at Boston Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday. Both spoke only to confirm their names, dates of birth and addresses, before they were referred to Lincoln Crown Court for a later date. They have been granted conditional bail until December 21, and they are expected to appear before the crown court in January. Neither defendant entered a plea.

The pair were charged by police earlier in November, along with a third person, Stacey Buckley, of Darfield, near Barnsley, who was also charged with perverting the course of justice.

Buckley, 26, was due to appear at Boston court today (Wednesday).

A fourth person – Peter Parrish, 24, of Spilsby Road, Boston – was charged with causing grievous bodily harm. He appeared at Skegness Magistrates’ Court on Friday and was granted conditional bail until he appears at Lincoln Crown Court on January 20.

Mr Smoderek, a father of three who lived in the Revesby Avenue area of Boston, was found stabbed in a garden in Sleaford Road on September 11.

Sleaford, 37, was charged with murder on September 22.

He has been remanded in custody to appear at Lincoln on January 20.