Brothers booted defenceless victim like a football’

PUBLISHED: 16:02 02 April 2008 | UPDATED: 11:37 12 August 2010

TWO pairs of brothers beat a man to the ground outside a bar then kicked him like a football as he lay defenceless, a court heard on Monday.

TWO pairs of brothers beat a man to the ground outside a bar then kicked him 'like a football' as he lay defenceless, a court heard on Monday.

Paul Baker, 25, died in hospital 32 hours after the alleged attack from brain injuries after cracking his head onto the pavement.

He had been surrounded by Daniel Evans, 26, his brother Samuel, 25, and their friends Christopher O'Bryan, 25, and his brother Oliver, 23, when fighting broke out.

Oliver O'Bryan punched and floored Mr Baker, who fell with 'a thud on the ground', before all four men landed kicks on his prone body, the Old Bailey heard.

All five men had been to the The Lounge Bar in Chisleurst when the brawl broke out in the early hours of May 7, last year.

The row had flared when Daniel Evans made 'a comment' at Mr Baker as he chatted with an ex-girlfriend in a telephone box outside the bar.

"As a consequence of that Paul Baker left the kiosk and ran down the road after Daniel Evans shouting at him and the two men started to fight," prosecutor Frances Oldham QC told the court.

Within a few seconds, Evans' brother Samuel joined in, along with the two O'Bryan siblings.

The fight was witnessed by a number of revellers leaving the night spot, as well as the bar's doormen.

Partygoer Kate Roberts said Mr Baker 'flew backwards, striking his head on the pavement' and did not move.

Bouncer Mark Pottam said the men then dished out a number of blows 'like kicking a football'.

When he and a colleague tried to intervene, the four men fled and sped away in a black BMW X5.

Mr Baker, of Westhurst Drive, Chislehurst, died on May 8 last year in hospital. He suffered a fractured skull and brain injuries from a 'severe impact to the back of the head'.

Christopher and Oliver O'Bryan, both of Half Moon Lane, Tonbridge and Samuel Evans, and Daniel Becks-Evans, both of Leas Green, Chislehurst, deny manslaughter and violent disorder.

The trial continues.

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