Murder trial witness: I was sickened by attack
PUBLISHED: 15:26 10 June 2009 | UPDATED: 11:02 12 August 2010
ONE of the alleged killers of schoolboy Ben Hitchcock shouted I haven t finished yet - he can still talk as he fled the murder scene, the Old Bailey heard on Monday. The 16-year Kelsey Park Sports College pupil was stabbed in the back during a street b
ONE of the alleged killers of schoolboy Ben Hitchcock shouted "I haven't finished yet - he can still talk" as he fled the murder scene, the Old Bailey heard on Monday.
The 16-year Kelsey Park Sports College pupil was stabbed in the back during a street battle involving up to 60 youths armed with knives, bottles, belts, sticks and bricks in Beckenham, it is claimed. Eye witness Sarah Wilson, who lived near the scene in Southend Road, said she saw three black boys attack Ben.
One of them threw a punch to the lower part of the victim's back with his left hand.
Ms Wilson said: "It had quite a strong effect on the white boy. He leant to his right and fell to the ground.
"They were stamping on him. One had a baseball bat."
The witness said she was 'sickened' by the violence.
Ms Wilson told the jury she saw two youths in the road shortly before the arrival of police, with one shouting: "Come on, come on."
"The other one said 'I haven't finished yet. I haven't had enough. He can still talk'."
The Old Bailey heard Ben was a member of the 'Penge Boys' and on the night of June 23, 2007, they tried to get into a party in Beckenham, but clashed with rivals from the Blue Borough gang from Lewisham.
Witness Daniel Braithwaite said he heard more and more noise as the two groups confronted each other in the road.
"It shocked me the amount of people walking up the road. Bottles were being smashed. Eventually it erupted into chaos," he added.
"I saw Ben. He had both hands on his sides and he didn't look very well. He was in pain. I could see he was in pain.
"He was sitting down with his back to the railings and I heard someone say: 'He's been stabbed'."
Jurors have heard Ben suffered a five inch wound to the back which cut into the left kidney and the renal artery causing heavy bleeding.
By the time he arrived at hospital he no longer had a pulse and was pronounced dead at 12.47am.
It is claimed that Mitchell Elliot, 19, of Howerd Way, Woolwich; Royston Thomas, 19, of Hazel Grove, Lower Sydenham; Andre Laurence-Bennett, 18, of Brownhill Road, Hither Green and Olatunji Ololu, 18, of Firhill Road, Lower Sydenham all played a part in the fatal attack on Ben.
Laurence-Bennett is said to have inflicted the fatal injuries.
The trial continues.