A BAR worker broke down in court this morning as she told a murder trial how she saw a Forest Town dad punched and kicked outside a Mansfield pub.
Amanda Bingley said the victim had shouted ‘Poland’s that way’ to a group of people near the Vibe, on Stockwell Gate, where she worked.
The man was pointing with an outstretched arm and finger.
He had possibly shouted ‘Oi’ to attract their attention, she told Nottingham Crown Court.
Andrej Novakov (19), of Kipling Street, Mansfield; Bragdas Kilic (22), of Westfield Lane, Mansfield and Vjaceslavs Solovjovs (22), of Terrace Road, Mansfield, deny the murder of 27-year-old Jonathan Turner, of Forest Town, in the early hours of 7th May last year.
The witness, giving her evidence from behind a screen, said she had gone outside at 3.30am, closing time, to smoke a cigarette.
Moments earlier a man, now known to be Mr Turner, came in asking for change for the cigarette machine.
When he came out he asked her about a scuffle that had taken place further down Stockwell Gate towards the Market Place.
He was asking ‘Is there a fight?’ She got the impression he wanted to get involved in what was going on.
It had not lasted long and people had dispersed.
The witness told defence counsel Shaun Smith QC she was not aware something had happened in the pub earlier involving women.
There had been a group of 10 to 15 people in the pub speaking in a foreign language, she said. She assumed they were Polish.
When Mr Turner said ‘Poland’s that way’ to a group outside the pub he did so in a ‘cocky, outspoken way’, she told the jury.
Around four men stepped forward and she was scared for Mr Turner as punches and kicks were aimed at him from the waist up.
“It was all one-sided,” she told the court. “He was saying ‘stop, no, get off me’.”
When he hit the ground he was shielding his head trying to get up. She saw a last kick to the head then the men ran off.
She went to Mr Turner’s aid and was there when the police arrived.
She agreed with Mr Smith that, in her view, if Mr Turner had not said what he did it would not have happened.
The trial continues.