Stoke & Staffordshire

Bernard Smith Christmas Day death: Man charged with murder in Stafford

A man has been charged with murdering a pensioner whose body was found by the side of a road on Christmas Day.

Bernard James Smith, 83, died of multiple chest injuries near his home on Shakespeare Road in Stafford.

His body was discovered at the junction with Wordsworth Avenue at 00:50 GMT on Wednesday.

Joseph Moscicki, 22, from Little Acres in Finchampstead, has been charged with murder and failing to submit to a breathalyser test.

In a statement, Mr Smith's family said they were finding coping with news of his death "extremely difficult".

They added: "Our uncle Jim was very independent and enjoyed regular visits to the Highfields Social Club where he met his friends on a daily basis."

Mr Moscicki remains in police custody and is due to appear before magistrates in Cannock on Saturday.

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