Trio made “animalistic noises” before knocking man unconscious, jury hearsBy Jon Nurse
July 18, 2012
Three men made "animalistic noises" after walking up behind a man and knocking him unconscious, a court heard.
They later stopped to eat kebabs in a churchyard before being challenged by a policeman, a jury was told.
Reading Crown Court, sitting at the town's magistrates court, heard the men scattered when PC Stephen Lee challenged them after he responded to a 999 call.
Felix Cash, 19, of Pineridge Farm, Nine Mile Ride, and Carl Davies, 19, of Trowes Lane, Swallowfield, are charged with affray after three people were punched, kicked or knocked out in the early hours of Saturday, April 2 2011 near junction between Shute End and Station Road. They deny the charge.
Giving evidence last Thursday, passerby Desmond Jackson said: “I saw a scuffle. Two people were punching one person and he was trying to fight back. The one guy fell on the ground and they started to kick him.”
Mr Jackson's friends shouted at the men who left but returned and hit another man.
A second witness David Colburne told the court he saw another man, Shaun McInnes, get knocked out as he walked near the Hope and Anchor pub in Station Road.
Mr Colburne said: "A group of three males came up behind him in close proximity to one another and one of them punched him. As soon as he was hit he went straight to the floor. He was out cold.
"When he was punched the three lads made a noise - it was an animalistic sort of noise."
In a statement given by Davies on the day of the alleged affray, he said: "I was out with some friends. We were not looking for trouble but a nice night. We walked down the road planning to get a kebab when three or four large men came out of an alley. One of the men started squaring up with my mate and he came with a bottle so I ran."
The statement said Davies was later in the churchyard and ran from police because he heard shouting and thought it was the men from before.
Davies' mobile phone had 22 missed calls from a number saved as Felix Cash between 3.20am and 3.35am as well as a text which read "I'm so sorry. I went the wrong way. I thought it was police."
Jonathan Coode, defending Davies, called on the teenager's football coach Stephen Rooney as a character witness on Tuesday afternoon.
Mr Rooney said: "Carl is very calm and laid back. I've never seen Carl be aggressive."
The trial continues.