Jonathan Turner murder trial: Witness describes final kick in fatal town centre attack

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A WITNESS in the trial of three men accused of murdering Forest Town dad Jonathan Turner described the moment he received a final kick to the head during the town centre attack.

Nathan Fox told Nottingham Crown Court today (Monday) he was leaving the Vibe, on Stockwell Gate, and witnessed the alleged attack on Mr Turner by the three defendants in the early hours of 8th May last year.

He said: “It was like someone playing rugby - fast and hard. It was a very hard kick to the head like someone going up and trying to score a try at rugby.”

Mr Fox told prosecutor Maureen Baker he saw defendant Bragdas Kilic (22) punching Mr Turner in the head and witnessed another defendant, Vjaceslavs Solovjovs (23), deliver the final kick.

The court also heard evidence from Daniel Brown, a publican who said Mr Turner was a regular at his pub and was also outside the Vibe when the alleged attack happened.

Said Mr Brown: “I heard somebody say ‘who are we fighting then?’ I believe that was Mr Turner. He then said ‘Oi’ at the same group, then said ‘Poland is that way’.”

The pub landlord said Mr Turner then asked the group ‘why don’t you go back there?’ and swore at them.

Shaun Smith, defending Kilic and cross-examining Mr Brown, said: “Whether he (Mr Turner) is a racist or not the behaviour is racist.

“Mr Turner was the first person who came to your attention because of his words and behaviour. The Eastern Europeans were not doing anything that caused you to look over.

“The first time anything caused you to be concerned is a man coming out and saying ‘who are we fighting then’?”

“Yes,” replied Mr Brown.

Bragdas Kilic (22), of Westfield Lane, Mansfield, Vjaceslavs Solovjovs (23), of Terrace Road, Mansfield, and Andrej Novakov (20), of Kipling Street, Mansfield, all deny murder.

The trial continues.