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Witness saw murder charge gang stamp on victim's head

PUBLISHED: 12:12 10 June 2010 | UPDATED: 15:43 16 August 2010

A FATHER-TO-BE lay helpless on the floor as he was kicked to death in alleyway and branded a racist by a gang of four men, a court heard. Richard Price, 23, of Southover, Sundridge Park, Bromley, was attacked and stamped on in an alleyway next to the Em

A FATHER-TO-BE lay helpless on the floor as he was kicked to death in alleyway and branded a racist by a gang of four men, a court heard.

Richard Price, 23, of Southover, Sundridge Park, Bromley, was attacked and stamped on in an alleyway next to the Empire cinema in Bromley High Street last Halloween.

His alleged attackers claim that Mr Price, who had been drinking with them in the nearby Swan and Mitre pub in the High Street, made racist remarks in the pub and kept shouting 'Millwall', the Old Bailey heard this week.

Mr Price, who worked at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, was in a coma after the attack and died three days later in Princess Royal Hospital, Farnborough, after doctors switched off his life support machine.

Cinemagoer Ian Twidle, who witnessed the attack, told the Old Bailey that while he was out for a cigarette with his friend James Green, a man was stamping on his head.

He told jurors: "He was putting the boot in, stamping on his head. You racist c***. He repeatedly said that.

"I would say he was between 5"10 and 6ft. He was sort of Eastern European looking or Turkish, wearing a beanie hat, a sports jacket, jeans and trainers. I would say there were four of them."

When asked by prosecutor Jonathan Rees, QC what the man on the floor was doing, he said: "Not a lot, he was just helpless, lying on the floor. It all just seemed very brutal. I remember seeing three leaving the alley.

"One of them said 'who is going to stop me' and looked increasingly angry. It was the one in the beanie hat.

"I was standing in front of the cinema. They went towards Market Square. I remember hearing 'don't f*** with Kurdish Albanians'.

"They walked towards Market Square and one of them stopped outside the Walkabout pub and proceeded to headbutt the bus stop - the timetable.

The court heard how Mr Twidle told the police that he only remembered seeing three attackers but later read on a news website that four people had been arrested.

He said: "I definitely remember the stomping by the beanie man. I couldn't be 100 per cent accurate on what everyone else was doing.

"It happened so quickly. I'm not going to go anywhere near it - to break it up."

The jurors heard how his friend Mr Green went towards the attackers shouting: "Leave him alone, what are you doing?" but Mr Twidle pulled him away.

Turk Murat Karabeyaz, 25, of Burford Road, Catford, Russian-born Michael Liddell, 20, of Holyoake Walk, Ealing, Param-Jit Theara, 25, of Ross Way, Greenwich and Jagtar Johal, 37, of Blyth Road, Bromley, all deny murder.

The trial continues.

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