Partner of Great Yarmouth murder accused denies dragging him off victim

Partner of Great Yarmouth murder accused denies dragging him off victim

The partner of a man accused of kicking to death a 40 year old man has denied dragging him off the victim and telling him to stop, a court has heard.

Ian Church was found unconscious outside the Bricklayers Arms on May 5 2012, having been attacked by a group of people in the early hours if the morning.

He suffered a bleed to the brain and died two days later after his life support machine was turned off.

Norwich Crown Court has heard how trouble flared after Mr Church and hid friend Peter Blake armed themselves with a pole and a machete and smashed windows at the pub following an earlier dispute involving Mr Blake.

Stuart Layden is alleged to have punched the victim in the back of the head before the others started attacking him outside the pub.

Layden, 33, has denied murder and yesterday his partner told the court she had not shouted to the defendant to stop attacking Mr Church.

Giving evidence via video link Louise White told Annabel Darlow QC, prosecuting, that she had not shouted “get Stu away” or “Stop Stu stop” after herself witnessing the attack.

She also denied telling a friend she had to “drag Stu off” the victim.

The trial continues.

This article was provide by Great Yarmouth Mercury.   http://www.greatyarmouthmercury.co.uk/

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