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19May94 UK: NEW TRIAL AFTER PUB SHOOTING.

Two roofing contractors accused of hiring a hitwoman to murder a business associate will face a new trial after one of the defendants was shot outside a west London pub last week.An Old Bailey judge discharged the jury on Monday from giving verdicts against Deith Bridges, who is recovering in hospital, and Paul Tubbs.Both men are charged with conspiring to murder Graeme Woodhatch who ran City Roofing with Mr Tubbs in north London. Mr Bridges had undertaken a number of jobs for the contractor.It is alleged both defendants hired a woman to kill Mr Woodhatch after being 'taken financial advantage of' by the dead man.Hitwoman Te Rangi Maria Ngarimu shot Mr Woodhatch in May 1992 as he left the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead after a minor operation.She immediately left the country, but has since returned to admit her part in the killing and to be the key witness against Mr Bridges and Mr Tubbs.Members of the jury were shocked when told about the shooting of Mr Bridges two days into the trial.He was hit in the shoulder and leg after leaving a pub in Ruislip late last Thursday.A new trial will begin later this year. CONSTRUCTION NEWS