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Martin Gannon bailed over Craig Glaze killing

A fitness instructor accused of killing his best friend on New Year's Day was today granted his freedom by a court.


A fitness instructor accused of killing his best friend on New Year's Day was today granted his freedom by a court.

Martin Gannon was given bail by Wolverhampton Magistrates Court with strict conditions including a curfew, which will see him electronically tagged to ensure he stays indoors between 7pm and 7am.

The 24-year-old is charged with the manslaughter of former soldier Craig Glaze. Gannon, pictured here as he left an initial court hearing before a district judge yesterday, was bailed to an address outside the city as he awaits trial.

He is also banned from coming within 30 miles ofWolverhampton, unless seeing his solicitor.

Gannon is alleged to have attacked 25-year-old Mr Glaze at his house in Cromwell Road, Bushbury.

Detectives said a post-mortem revealed he died from injuries caused by a single blow to the head.

Gannon, a personal trainer at Wolverhampton Swimming and Fitness Centre in Wednesfield, lived next to the victim. He was arrested nearby and charged on Monday night.

The pair are understood to have known each other since the age of five.

Gannon was bailed to a secret address by District Judge Graham Wilkinson today after police spent the night checking its suitability.

Among the conditions are that he does not contact a list of people including Nicola Payne, sister of One Direction X Factor star Liam Payne, of Wolverhampton.

Gannon is a family friend of the Paynes and travelled to London for at least two of the X Factor shows.

He must also surrender his passport and report three times a week to police.

He is due before Wolverhampton Crown Court on March 30 for a plea and case management hearing.

Former Northicote School pupil Mr Glaze was taken to New Cross Hospital after emergency services were called at 12.45pm on New Year's Day.

He was discovered slumped in the hallway of the house by his father Reginald. Efforts were made to resuscitate him but he suffered a heart attack and died in New Cross Hospital on Sunday.

Mr Glaze, who drove tanks with the Queen's Royal Hussars, had a son.

His Army career saw him serving in Iraq, but he is understood to have been working in the construction industry since leaving.

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