ONE of the three men accused of murdering Forest Town dad Jonathan Turner during a town centre attack said today (Friday) he did not intend to kill him.
Turkish national Bragdas Kilic told Nottingham Crown Court he had ‘come to the end of his tether’ on the night of the attack and snapped when Mr Turner was heard to make a racist comment towards him.
Mr Turner (27) died from head injuries after being set upon outside the Vibe, on Stockwell Gate, in the early hours of 7th May.
Kilic (23), of Westfield Lane, Mansfield; Vjaceslavs Solovjovs (23), of Terrace Road, Mansfield, and Andrej Novakov (20), of Kipling Street, Mansfield, all deny murder.
Kilic told Shaun Smith QC, defending: “The glass was full to the top and I said ‘enough is enough’. I did not want to be subject to anymore racism or attacks and that is the reason I started to fight.”
Kilic said he kicked Mr Turner once in the leg or buttocks and decided to end the fight when he realised his opponent was no longer a threat.
“He (Mr Turner) sat on the floor and I saw his face at that time,” he told the court. “And I saw that he did not pose a threat.
“That he was not going to attack me and he was like, ‘enough’.”
Kilic said as far as he was concerned the fight was over and he stepped back from Mr Turner.
He told the jury he then saw Solovjovs running towards Mr Turner for ‘two to three seconds’ and kick him in the head.
Kilic said: “Then he (Mr Turner) fell to the ground and did not get up again.”
Kilic confirmed for Mr Smith that he had been involved in two incidents earlier in the night in which he and his friends were subjected to racist comments.
In one incident, recorded on CCTV, when the group were walking to the Vibe shortly before midnight on 6th May, a man in the street swore at them and said they should speak English.
Later, inside the Vibe, Kilic and Solovjovs complained to the club doorman about a woman who had referred to Kilic as Osama bin Laden.
Neither incident resulted in violence but Kilic told the court he was left feeling ‘scared and panicked’ and suggested the group go home.
Kilic said he and his mother had left Turkey and joined his father in Mansfield six years ago, fleeing religious persecution.
The 23-year-old said his family’s Alawite religion was not tolerated in his home country and his family was subject to regular beatings at the hands of the police.
The family lived in a one-bedroom flat on the Bellamy Road estate where Kilic said they often faced racist abuse, and he, his mother and father were all assaulted on different occasions.
Witnesses to the attack on Mr Turner said he was heard to say ‘oi, Poland is that way. Why don’t you go back there?’
Kilic said: “I did not know what happened – I should not have let it happen because prior to that I was keeping my distance and running away from any incidents that happened.”
The trial continues.