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Murder accused had attacked bus driver'

PUBLISHED: 10:57 06 May 2010 | UPDATED: 11:45 12 August 2010

A TEENAGE girl accused of kicking a gay man to death in Trafalgar Square attacked a bus driver yards from the scene of the killing when she was 15, a court heard.

A TEENAGE girl accused of kicking a gay man to death in Trafalgar Square attacked a bus driver yards from the scene of the killing when she was 15, a court heard.

Ruby Thomas, now 18, stamped on Beckenham-born Ian Baynham's head after her friend, Joel Alexander, 19, of Talbot Road, Thornton Heath, punched him to the ground, it is claimed.

Jurors at the Old Bailey were told on Tuesday how nearly two years earlier Thomas had spat at bus driver Aasim Shah before punching and kicking him.

Thomas, of Pass Avenue, Whittington, Staffordshire, had been drinking with a group of girls when they rounded on Mr Shah in Trafalgar Square in December 2007.

When he asked them to leave him alone, Thomas spat in his face. Timothy Cray, prosecuting, said: "Mr Shah was on his break after driving a night bus from Harrow to Trafalgar Square.

"He was approached by a group of girls who appeared to be drunk and wanting to pick a fight.

"Although Mr Shah asked Thomas for the group to stop, she spat at him and then punched him on the back of the head. She then kicked him. Another girl from the group kicked him as well."

Thomas and her friends ran off but she was picked up and arrested moments later. She later pleaded guilty to common assault.

Nearly two years later, on September 25, 2009, Thomas was out drinking again in Trafalgar Square with Alexander and Rachel Burke, 18, of Maxfield Lane, Three Oaks, East Sussex, when they saw Mr Baynham walk past with a friend.

Thomas allegedly callled 62-year-old Mr Baynham a "f***ing faggot" before Alexander punched him to the ground.

As he lay unconscious and bleeding from a fractured skull, the three teenagers stamped on his head in a scene likened to the controversial Stanley Kubrick film A Clockwork Orange, the court was told.

The three alleged killers fled the scene and Mr Baynham was taken to hospital but he never woke up again and died 18 days later.

The court has heard that the girls had tried to pick a fight with a group of black youths before goading another gay couple on the evening of the killing.

All three deny murder and violent disorder. The case continues.

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