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Man charged with murder over pensioner's death after Stafford hospital assault

A man has been charged with murder over the death of a pensioner following an assault at Stafford's County Hospital.

Joseph David Phillips, 32, of Riverside Mews, Espleys Yard, Stafford, was charged with murder on Tuesday.

Police were called to reports of an assault shortly before 8pm on February 17, 2021, at the County Hospital.

Oliver Kemp, 82, from Stone, died in hospital on February 23 as a result of the injuries he sustained.

His family is being supported by specially-trained officers.

Phillips appeared before magistrates at the North Staffordshire Justice Centre on Tuesday. He appeared at Stafford Crown Court on Thursday and is expected to enter a plea at a hearing on February 18.

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