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Cardiff man accused of murdering disabled neighbour in row over dog

40 year-old Raymond Burrell, jailed for GBH in incident denies murder

An angry neighbour has been accused of murdering a disabled man in a row over his barking dog.

Matthew Sheehan, 36, was left in a "vegetative state" after being battered by neighbour Raymond Burrell in a row over the noise from his pet dog barking at night.

Burrell, 40, was found guilty of inflicting grievous bodily harm in 2016 and jailed for life.

But Mr Sheehan died a year after the court case - and Burrell has now been charged with murder.

Mr Sheehan was annoyed at Burrell's pet Staffordshire bull terrier barking from across the street.

Mr Sheehan - who was disabled and needed a cane to walk - was heard shouting: "Shut up" and made repeated complaints about the late night noise.

Burrell lived across the street to Mr Sheehan in Adamsdown, Cardiff.

The jury at Cardiff Crown Court found Burrell guilty of inflicting grievous bodily harm but cleared him of attempted murder.

A statement from Mr Sheehan's father Martin was read out in court describing the "heartbreak" of the family.

Martin Sheehan said: "The day Matthew was attacked will forever be etched in our memories.

"He remains in a serious condition in what we would call a vegetative state.

"We spend every day at his bedside hoping he will recognise us or get better."

"All we can do is sit and hold his hand."

But Mr Sheehan died on on November 9 last year at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff.

South Wales Police major investigation team began liaising with Mr Sheehan’s family and the Crown Prosecution Service.

Burrell appeared before Swansea Crown Court to deny murder and will stand trial next July.

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