Jonathan Turner murder trial: Three defendants equally responsible for young dad’s death, prosecution claim

Jonathan Turner
Jonathan Turner

A JURY in the trial of three men accused of killing Forest Town dad Jonathan Turner during a town centre attack was told on Monday it should find them all guilty of murder.

Mr Turner (27) died from head injuries after he was viciously assaulted outside the Vibe, on Stockwell Gate, Mansfield, on 7th May last year.

The court was told by witnesses he had made a racist comment to the three eastern European men.

Bagdas Kilic (22), of Westfield Lane, Mansfield; Vjaceslavs Solovjovs (23), of Terrace Road, Mansfield, and Andrej Novakov (21), of Kipling Street, Mansfield, all deny murder.

Prosecutor Maureen Baker said: “We put the case on the basis that you can be sure all of the defendants participated in a joint assault that caused Jonathan Turner real serious harm and such harm was caused.”

Ms Baker repeated evidence from Dr Guy Rutty, chief forensic pathologist for the East Midlands, who said it was possible the final kick was a significant factor in causing the brain bleed which killed Mr Turner.

But he could not rule out any of the other blows in the five seconds prior to this.

Ms Baker said all three had kicked Mr Turner during this time.

“On that basis any or all of them may have caused the fatal injury,” she said.

“From that we say you can be sure that such was their intention.”

Ms Baker reminded the jury of forensic evidence which matched Kilic’s footwear with linear bruising on Mr Turner’s head and the fact that the Forest Town man’s blood was found on Solovjovs’ and Novakov’s jeans.

She said if the jury accepted Dr Rutty’s alternative view that it was a final kick to the head, with witnesses stating this was delivered by Solovjovs, which was most significant all three were still guilty of murder.

“All were involved in an assault which involved kicking Mr Turner and putting him to the ground,” said Ms Baker.

“If it had been any less than the intention of those attacking him to cause serious harm they could have stopped sooner and before the final blow. They did not.”

The prosecutor said Kilic was guilty of trying to impress his new friend Solovjovs, a martial arts expert, with his violent display and Solovjovs had been pumped up after hitting a punching machine in the Vibe.

She said Novakov was just as guilty as the other two defendants for the attack and his defence that the final kick was unexpected did not stand up.

She told the jury: “Is there no better explanation than all were drunk and high on the excitement generated by violence itself?

“Kilic, Solovjovs and Novakov are all guilty of murder. All that remains is for you to say so.”

The trial continues.