TWO of the three men accused of murdering Forest Town dad Jonathan Turner were racially abused by a woman before they attacked him, a court was told today (Tuesday).
Bragdas Kilic and Vjaceslavs Solovjovs complained to a Mansfield pub bouncer after a woman referred to Kilic as Osama bin Laden.
Kilic (22) told the bouncer, working at the Vibe pub, on Stockwell Gate, to deal with the problem before he did, Nottingham Crown Court was told.
Mr Turner (27) died after he was violently set upon by a group of men outside the Vibe in the early hours of 7th May.
Two witnesses told Nottingham Crown Court last week they heard Mr Turner make a racist comment towards the group shortly before they attacked him.
Kilic, of Westfield Lane, Mansfield; Solovjovs, of Terrace Road, Mansfield, and Andrej Novakov (20), of Kipling Street, Mansfield, all deny murder.
Yesterday, Francis Parker, who was on the door of the Vibe on the night, said Kilic and Solovjovs (23) had asked him to speak with a woman who had racially abused them in the venue.
Mr Parker told prosecutor Maureen Baker that Kilic (22) was angry and upset.
He had asked the bouncer to deal with the problem before he did, the court was told.
“The friend with him (Solovjovs) stood looking at me as if to say ‘if you do not do something I am going to do it for you’, you know – looking intimidating,” Mr Parker said.
He told the court how the defendants and their group of friends stayed within his view on the dance floor as he advised them to.
Mr Parker told the jury he heard Mr Turner asking outside the bar about a fight which had happened nearby and then shouted ‘oi. Poland, that way,’ swearing at the defendants and their friends.
He said Solovjovs and Kilic then ‘charged’ towards Mr Turner and assaulted him.
Shaun Smith QC, defending Kilic, asked Mr Parker to confirm that he had described Kilic and his friends as ‘quite a pleasant group’ and ‘not rowdy or drunk’. The bouncer did not disagree.
Mr Smith said: “There was an incident which they brought to your attention and asked you to deal with.
“The way you dealt with it was to ask separate parties to be in separate parts of the building.
“When they went on the dance floor and you asked them to stay where you could see them there was no more trouble?”
“Yes,” replied Mr Parker.
Stuart Rafferty QC, defending Solovjovs (23), and cross-examining Mr Parker, said at the time of the fight Mr Parker’s attention was taken up with contacting the police and he did not witness the entire incident.
He said: “In your witness statement on 9th May you said you saw (Mr Turner) on the floor and he seemed to be getting to his feet and somebody appeared to kick him but you did not see it clearly.”
Mr Rafferty also asked the bouncer whether he thought Solovjovs was being intimidating towards him in the club - or whether his shaved head and the fact he did not understand English very well made him appear so.
Mr Parker said: “It was his manner – he made you feel that he was in your personal space.”
Mr Turner died in hospital from head injuries the following day.
The trial continues.