Man charged with murder of father who was stabbed to death ‘after being followed home from pub’


Man, 46, charged with murder over death of father-of-two, 40, who was stabbed to death ‘after being followed home from Cotswolds pub where he had a row with another customer’

  • Grant Bradley, 46, is accused of murdering Marcus Dunkerton, 40, in Charfield
  • Detectives believe both may have been involved in an earlier incident in a pub
  • Emergency services were called to Thames Close at just before 11pm on Friday

A man has been charged with the murder of a father-of-two who he stabbed to death after following him home from a pub where they had a row.

Grant Bradley, 46, is accused of murdering Marcus Dunkerton, 40, in Charfield, Gloucestershire, on Friday.

Detectives believe both men may have been involved in an earlier incident in a pub in the village called the Railway Tavern and are appealing for witnesses. 

Emergency services were called to Thames Close at just before 11pm, where the alleged victim was found with injuries.

He could not be saved and died at the scene, according to Avon and Somerset police.

Emergency services were called to Thames Close (pictured) at just before 11pm, where the alleged victim was found with injuries

Emergency services were called to Thames Close (pictured) at just before 11pm, where the alleged victim was found with injuries

A post mortem has since found that Mr Dunkerton was stabbed several times, with one wound proving fatal, the force added in a statement.

Bradley was arrested at around 11.30pm on Friday and remains in custody.

He is also charged with possession of an offensive weapon and is due to appear at Bristol magistrates’ court on Monday.

A member of staff at the Railway Tavern told The Sun that both men were ‘off their faces’.

‘They are both very normal, likable guys but in drink they started quarrelling about something stupid, I don’t know what, and within seconds they were punching the living daylights out of one another,’ they added. ‘It started from nowhere.’

Detective Chief Inspector Phil Walker said: ‘Our hearts go out to Marcus’s family as they face such a devastating loss.

Detectives believe both men may have been involved in an earlier incident in a pub in the village called the Railway Tavern (above) and are appealing for witnesses

Detectives believe both men may have been involved in an earlier incident in a pub in the village called the Railway Tavern (above) and are appealing for witnesses

‘They are being supported by specially-trained officers and have asked for privacy in their grief.

‘We continue to gather evidence to help us understand what has happened. There are reports of an earlier incident involving the two men at the Railway Tavern in Wotton Road, Charfield.

‘I’d ask anyone who was at the pub between 9pm and 11pm on Friday night to get in touch, if they haven’t yet spoken with officers.

‘We’d also like to hear from anyone who saw or has CCTV, dashcam or doorbell footage of either man walking from the pub to Thames Close, or Bradley leaving that address.’

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