CHEPSTOW ROAD MURDER TRIAL: Accused says he tried to get help

9:40am Thursday 5th April 2012

A MAN accused of murdering a Newport man told a court he tried to call an ambulance to take the injured man away.

Kamil Semrau, 28, of Chepstow Road, Pawel Lysonik, 22, of Capel Crescent, both Newport, Lukas Kalkowski, 30, of Laundry Road, Pontypridd, and Stanislaw Gliszczynski, 31, of no fixed abode, are on trial at Cardiff Crown Court charged with murdering Ramunas Raulinautis and causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

Mr Raulinautis, 34, was found outside the Gateway Express Hotel on Chepstow Road in Newport on March 9 2011 after allegedly being beaten and set on fire.

He died three days later at Swansea’s Morriston Hospital.

Giving evidence through an interpreter yesterday, Semrau said there was fighting in his flat and Mr Raulinautis was beaten up.

He said he helped Mr Raulinautis outside but did not carry him further up the road.

Semrau told the court he tried to call an ambulance to take Mr Raulinautis away because he was worried he was injured, but could not remember the number or was too drunk to do so.

Lysonik, Kalkowski and Gliszczynski are also charged with attempting to murder Stanislaw Galeza and inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent, arson with intent to endanger life and arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered.

Gliszczynski’s brother Andrzej Gliszczynski, 27, of Longtown Grove, Newport, is charged with assisting offenders. They all deny all the charges.

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