NEWPORT MURDER TRIAL: Witness describe seeing fight in Maindee street
1:37pm Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
AN EYEWITNESS broke down in tears in a murder trial as she described how a man was punched to the floor and kicked shortly after he had tapped another man on the shoulder with a pen as a “joke”.
Celia Peart said she had been unable to get “the fight” out of her head after she had seen a man she knew as ‘Walnut’ punch Barry Thomas “hard” to the floor before ‘Walnut’ and another man she knew as ‘Badger’ kicked him while he down.
She said: “Barry didn’t fight. Barry was not strong enough to fight.”
The evidence was being given by video link in the trial of Calvin Wall, 46, of Walsall Street, Newport, and Shaun Walker, 19, of Newman Close, Newport, who are both charged with the murder of Mr Thomas. They deny the charge.
The trial had previously heard Mr Thomas, 45, was taken to hospital after being assaulted in Methuen Road, Maindee, Newport, on June 2 this year, and pronounced dead of a “fatal and catastrophic brain haemorrhage” two days later.
Giving evidence, Miss Peart said she had sold a scooter to ‘Badger’ and was in Methuen Road on June 2 where he signed its log book with a pen.
She said Mr Thomas had turned up on a push bike and had asked for the pen which he had tapped ‘Walnut’ on the shoulder with as a “joke” but she said ‘Walnut’ had not taken it in that way.
She then said in the next minute ‘Walnut’ had told ‘Badger’ to hit Mr Thomas which ‘Badger’ did.
She said Mr Thomas fell to the floor but then got up and was walking away when ‘Walnut’ punched him. She said both ‘Badger’ and ‘Walnut’ then kicked Mr Thomas as he lay on the ground.
Miss Peart described how she had seen blood coming from the top of Mr Thomas’ nose near his forehead during the incident.
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