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Tributes left to Steven Paynter, who was found dead in Ryelands Street
STEVEN Paynter, who was found dead in Hereford earlier this month, has been described as a wonderful father.
The 46-year-old loved to play outside with his daughter and would always put her first, according to his former partner Gina Griffiths The couple lived together in Bridgend, South Wales, where Steven worked in a factory.
They had daughter Natalie together, but when the relationship ended, Steven moved to Hereford.
Steven was pronounced dead on August 3 in Ryelands Street, Whitecross. Three men appeared in court last Friday charged with his murder.
Natalie, 24, said news of her father’s death had come as a horrible shock.
Speaking from her Bridgend home, she said: “He was a lovely guy and really good to me when I was young. We were always out playing together – he was an excellent father.”
Gina, her mother, added: “He was very genuine and we had a good life together.
When we split up he left Bridgend and we lost contact.
We had been looking for him, so to hear about him this way was really shocking.”
Steven, who was known to family in Bridgend as Wayne, had made a number of friends during his years in Hereford.
Around 50 tributes to Steven – affectionately called Taffy by friends in Hereford – were written on a Welsh flag left in Ryelands Street.
Staff from The Moorfield Inn in Hereford wrote that he will be sadly missed, while Daniel Salmon, the owner of Bubbles Hand Carwash in Hereford, said: “Everytime I saw him, Steven was just a friendly, happy bloke. I didn’t know him very well, but he always came across as a nice guy to me.”
Flowers and other notes were also left at the scene.
Worcester Crown Court was told last Friday that the trial of the three Hereford men accused of Steven’s murder could last for a month.
Stacy Hales, aged 35, of Belmont Road, Stephen Munn, aged 20, of Golden Post, and Mark Edwards, who is 22 and of no fixed address, were all remanded in custody following the short hearing.
The trio are due to appear before the courts again in November for a plea and case management hearing.
A provisional date for a trial was set for March 10.