Man not guilty of Bromley pub row death
PUBLISHED: 17:10 21 January 2011 | UPDATED: 17:22 21 January 2011
A 25-year-old man accused of kicking a hospital worker to death on Halloween has walked free from court after being cleared of manslaughter.
Murat Karabeyaz, who was found not guilty by a jury at the Old Bailey on Wednesday, was said to have joined a gang attack on 23-year-old Richard Price, of Southover, Sundridge Park, in an alleyway off Bromley High Street.
It was claimed Mr Price was targeted after he failed to buy the Turk a drink at the Swan and Mitre pub on October 31 2009.
Witnessed described the victim as being punched and stamped on by four men acting “like a pack of animals” Mr Price died in hospital three days later from severe injuries.
Police originally charged four men with murder, Karabeyaz, Jagtar Johal, 38, Russian-born Michael Liddell, 20, and Param-Jit Theara, 25.
After a trial in June last year, Liddell and Theara were cleared of all charges while Johal was convicted of manslaughter and jailed for eight years. The jury cleared Karabeyaz of murder but were unable to reach a verdict on the manslaughter charge so the retrial was ordered.
As the verdict was announced Mr Price’s mother Karen Pugh screamed: “You’re joking, that’s disgusting.” She shouted: “They killed my son” as she was led out of court by police officers.
During the trial, jurors heard allegations that Mr Price acted aggressively and hurled racist abuse at Karabeyaz and his friends. Giving evidence, Karabeyaz claimed that the victim ‘charged’ at him after they left the pub.
He said he saw Johal punching Mr Price in the head but denied kicking or stamping on the victim’s head as he lay unconscious.
Karabeyaz also denied claims that he celebrated after the attack and shouted: “Don’t f*** with the Turks.”