Anthony 'Tosh' Richardson murder trial: CCTV controller 'was told man was acting suspiciously in other direction to …

A CCTV controller has told how he moved a camera to look for a 'man acting suspiciously' and ended up diverting it away from a colleague's husband attacking a homeless man. Daniel Tinmurth told a murder trial his line manager Sarah Finnie told him there was a man acting suspiciously and he moved the camera to find him. In doing so, it meant her husband was not captured on CCTV attacking Anthony 'Tosh' Richardson, who later died as a result of his injuries.

Marc Finnie, 44, and Sarah Finnie, 36, of Sutcliffe Avenue, Grimsby, deny murdering Anthony Richardson between January 15 and 16, although he admits attacking him. Gary Clarke, 35, formerly of Roberts Street, Grimsby, denies assisting the couple in connection with the alleged murder. The prosecution at Sheffield Crown Court claims that Sarah Finnie, a security guard at Grimsby's Freshney Place shopping centre, was annoyed at "rude gestures and comments" made to her by Mr Richardson, who had been ejected, and contacted her husband to arrange a revenge beating.

He is said to have decided that "enough was enough" and kneed Mr Richardson in the face and punched him outside the Halifax bank after she allegedly arranged for a security camera to be diverted away from that area.

The security camera outside Freshney Place in Victoria Street, Grimsby

Mr Richardson, 45, who was known as Tosh, later died from head injuries. Clarke, who worked as a security guard with Sarah Finnie, is said to have helped the couple in connection with the fatal attack. Mr Tinmurth, a CCTV controller at Freshney Place shopping centre, Grimsby, told the court that, on January 15, his job was to monitor what was happening and ask "the guys" - the security guards - "to go where they are needed".

Sarah Finnie was Mr Tinmurth's line manager that day and there was also a relief manager. Mr Tinmurth saw Anthony Richardson in Freshney Place.

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"He was excluded from the centre for shop theft," said Mr Tinmurth . "He has been excluded for a while.

It was me that picked him up. "I radioed for a guard to go and ask him to leave as he is excluded from the centre." Sarah Finnie and Gary Clarke responded to the information that Mr Tinmurth gave about spotting Mr Richardson.

The homeless man was ejected from the centre by the two security guards at Friargate but was speaking to guards for some time after that.

Anthony 'Tosh' Richardson murder trial: CCTV controller 'was told man was acting suspiciously in other direction to ...The security camera outside Freshney Place that Daniel Tinmurth moved

Mr Richardson re-entered near TK Maxx and was again escorted out by guards. "I radioed for a guard to go and sort him out," said Mr Tinmurth. Mr Richardson was escorted off the premises through a rear fire door but went round the top corner of the building and was gesticulating.

He later sat down on the ground after 4pm. Mr Tinmurth said he had been watching the scene via the security images. "I got a radio call from Sarah saying there was a suspicious person on Victoria Street," he said.

"I then moved the camera to try to locate this suspicious person. "Victoria Street - that's what I moved the camera to. I moved the camera down Victoria Street to try to locate this suspicious person."

He found what he believed was the person but believed that he was not acting suspiciously. He said that Sarah Finnie was having difficulties hearing him over the radio system so he telephoned her on a control centre phone to her own phone.

Anthony 'Tosh' Richardson murder trial: CCTV controller 'was told man was acting suspiciously in other direction to ...Marc Finnie and Sarah Finnie have been charged with the murder of Anthony Richardson

Mr Tinmurth said that he later saw Mr Richardson on the ground with a group of people around him trying to help him. Some of them had phones.

Mr Tinmurth said he could not remember any conversation with Sarah Finnie about Mr Richardson following the incident involving him. He said that Sarah Finnie reminded him that he needed to write down the supposed incident involving a suspicious man in an incidents book. He had forgotten to do this but she told him that all incidents needed to be written down.

Mr Tinmurth agreed that he was aware of a history between Sarah Finney and Mr Richardson. He was aware that the homeless man would, according to her barrister, William Harbage QC, "insult her, call her names and make her life miserable". Mr Tinmurth denied a claim from Mr Harbage that he told her that he would "move a camera" while Marc Finnie came in to warn Mr Richardson.

"I would never say I would move a camera," he said. Mr Harbage claimed: "You volunteered that unprompted."

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Mr Tinmurth denied this but agreed that Sarah Finnie did not move a camera, did not tell him to move cameras and did not dictate the wording of an incident log entry. He confirmed that he was originally arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender suspected of committing murder.

Mr Harbage asked: "You are adamant that you didn't come up with the idea of moving the camera?"Mr Tinmurth replied: "I am. It's just something I wouldn't do."He said he did not think there was going to be what the prosecution called a "violent confrontation" between Marc Finnie and Mr Richardson.

Anthony "Tosh" Richardson

He insisted that did not know that Marc Finnie was coming in to confront the homeless man about the upset that had been caused to his wife. He claimed that he moved the camera only because he had a call about a suspicious man.

Liam Oswin, customer service and security manager at Freshney Place, told the court that, after the incident, police went to the control room and seized CCTV as well as taking statements from staff. He gave staff a briefing about what to do if they were approached by the media because just saying "no comment" was "rude". A public relations company would be used to deal with inquiries.

Mr Oswin spoke to Gary Clarke, who was "really worried" because Sarah Finnie was "quite a close friend of his at work".

The trial continues.

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