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Man formally cleared of murder in Dunstable

Paul Mondon
Image caption Paul Mondon, 47, was married and had three children

A 23-year-old man who was charged with the murder of father-of-three Paul Mondon in Dunstable has been formally cleared of the charge.

Marc Allen now faces an alternative charge of the manslaughter of Mr Mondon, 47, who was from Flitton.

Prosecutor Beverley Cripps said: "Following the receipt of pathology evidence the Crown feels the count of murder is unsustainable."

Mr Allen, of High Street, Leagrave, was at Luton Crown Court on Tuesday.

He and Gavin Langford, 22, of Victoria Street, Dunstable also face two charges of affray relating to events in the Sugar Loaf pub and Dunstable High Street on 9 October last year.

But for legal reasons the trial could not go ahead and is now due to begin on 1 August.

Judge John Bevan QC said the delay was "more than unfortunate".

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