May date set for Kilburn murder trial

Murder victim Barry Smith, who was originally from Armthorpe
Murder victim Barry Smith, who was originally from Armthorpe

A trial date has been set for the four people charged in connection with the death of Kilburn man Barry Smith.

Vincent Aitken, 43, and his daughter, Emma Aitken, 18, of Chapel Street, Kilburn, went before a plea and case management hearing at Nottingham Crown Court on Tuesday, February 18, alongside Miss Aitken’s partner, Nathan Doherty, 27, of Portland Street, Derby.

Miss Aitken appeared visibly distressed as the three entered pleas of not-guilty to the charge of murder.

Mr Aitken’s wife, Pamela, 40, appeared alongside them and pleaded not-guilty to a charge of assisting an offender.

All four were remanded in custody and are due to appear before the same court on May 1 for trial.

Barry Smith, 48, was discovered in the grounds of Kilburn Welfare Social Club, on Chapel Street, at around 8.30am on October 6 of last year.

The dad-of-four and grandfather-of-three, originally of Armthorpe in Doncaster, lived on Mayfield Avenue and was described by friends and family as a popular figure in the ‘gypsy’ community. More than 200 mourners packed into Doncaster’s largest church while a crowd of 100 or more remained outside during his funeral in December.

During the service Canon John Willett described Mr Smith as: “A very proud grandfather and dad.”

Canon Willett also said Mr Smith was a handyman and a “joker with a very kind heart.”