Aaron Jones arrives at his court appearance over a spray paint attack on a homeless man wearing a Frankenstein mask
The man accused of spraying red paint over a homeless man in an attack that shocked the nation walked into court this morning wearing a Frankenstein mask.
Aaron Jones, 33, is accused of carrying out the attack on Michael Cash, 32, which was captured on video and went viral online.
On September 9th Michael was sitting in his usual spot outside a Tesco in Normanby, Middlesbrough, when he was covered in paint.
Four days later, to the devastation of his family and the local community who had taken mild-mannered Michael to its heart, he was found dead in nearby Eston Cemetery.
It is not yet known how Michael died. An inquest will be held later this year and toxicology reports have been ordered to establish whether he had drugs in his system at the time.
Self employed painter and decorator Jones, who lives in Normanby, faces two charges of assaulting Michael and causing criminal damage.
Teesside magistrates have been told this morning that Jones will face court later today after he has been interviewed by the probation service. He has not yet formally entered a plea.
Homeless Michael Cash died after he was sprayed with paint while sitting outside a Tesco store. It is not thought the attack caused his death
Michael was laid to rest on September 28th at Kirkleatham Crematorium near Redcar.
During the service celebrant Kevin Leavesley said: ‘Michael was a happy-go-lucky lad who struggled with losing his mum but never stopped putting other people before himself.’
People in Middlesbrough and across the country raised over £1,000 through an online crowdfunding campaign to contribute towards the funeral costs.
Michael’s family said that he struggled with losing his mother Elaine at the age of 51 through cancer.
When she died Michael, the youngest of four siblings, was left unable to take on the lease of the local authority house and he ended up homeless and addicted to drugs.
However his polite, courteous manner made him a popular character with local people who would buy him food and often sit on the ground with him to eat.