Murder accused is formally charged

A MAN accused of killing a 31-year-old man who died five days after an alleged attack in Skegness has appeared in court charged with his murder.

Peter Charles Schruyers from Skegness, died in Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre on Monday morning after he was assaulted on Wainfleet Road in the resort on Wednesday, August 10.

Jamie Patrick Rawson, 21, was initially remanded in custody on a charge of attempted murder after appearing at Skegness Magistrates’ Court before Mr Schruyers death.

But during a hearing at Lincoln Crown Court on Friday Rawson was told he now faces a murder charge after Mr Schruyers who had suffered head injuries died in hospital.

Wearing a grey top and jogging bottoms and flanked by two security officers in the glass panelled dock Rawson spoke only to confirm his name during the ten minute hearing.

Phil Howes, prosecuting, asked for a murder charge to be put before the court after Mr Schruyers died following Rawson’s first appearance before the magistrates.

Rawson was not asked to enter a plea to the murder charge after Judge Michael Heath allowed the application.

There was no application for bail and Rawson was remanded back into custody until 11 November when he will next appear at Lincoln Crown Court.

Adjourning the case Judge Heath told Rawson on that occasion he will be asked to enter a plea to the murder charge he now faces.

Following Mr Schruyers death his family released a short statement in which they said: “Peter was a much loved son, brother and father, who will be sadly missed by all the family”.

A 25-year-old local man and a 33-year-old local man remain on police bail pending further enquiries in relation to the incident, which occured at 7.40pm on August 10.

Five other people arrested in connection with the incident have been released without further action.

Lincolnshire Police say they are not looking for anyone else in relation to the matter.