NEWPORT MURDER TRIAL DAY 4: Court hears accused branded as "evil" by witness
5:06pm Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
A MURDER trial has heard an eyewitness brand one of the Newport men accused of murdering Barry Thomas as “evil”.
Giving evidence at Newport Crown Court yesterday, Susan Peart said Bettws man Mr Thomas sustained a barrage of kicks and punches from two men, but still managed to pull himself to his feet after being knocked to the floor.
She said the final “killer blow” was carried out by a man known only to her as ‘Walnut’.
“Walnut had a look on his face like no-one’s business,” she said. “He punched him three times and the last one did it. He’s evil.”
Mr Thomas died in hospital of severe brain injuries on June 4, two days after the alleged attack.
Calvin Wall, 46, of Walsall Street, Newport, and Shaun Walker, 19, of Newman Close, 19, deny murdering the 45-year-old on Metheun Road, Maindee.
Mrs Peart defended her version of events to Roger Jones, defending Wall, and David Aubrey, defending Walker, who contest there was no kicking during the events of June 2, and that the Peart family members who witnessed them had been talking about the incident.
In cross examination, Mr Jones said: “There was no mention of kicking in your initial statement to the police. There was no mention of it because you didn’t see it happen.”
Mrs Peart – who described Mr Thomas as “like family” – denied this, but admitted there were “spots” in her memory of what happened.
Standing in the dock she said she remembered both punching and kicking though.
“I still have flashbacks,” she said. “I’m meant to be having counselling. My kids are having nightmares. We are all still petrified.”
The defence also contends that Mr Thomas tried to stab Wall with a pen.
Speaking in the afternoon, witness Mark Anthony Smith, of Metheun Road, said he saw a singly punch thrown by a “tall young man in his 20s”.
Monirul Islam, who lives on the corner plot of Metheun Road and Eton Road, said he saw two punches thrown to the forehead of a man who was then left unconscious.