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Liam Holden murder: Accused brothers "admitted getting into fight" on night of death
THE brothers accused of murdering a man in a Grays supermarket car park admitted to a pal that they had “got into a fight” the night Liam Holden was beaten to death.
Jade Holland, a friend of the brothers accused of murdering Liam, told police that during a phone conversation with Ryan Wood and later, Owen Wood, soon after the incident, the pair had admitted "being in a fight".
The revelation in court came as counsel for the prosecution, Andrew Jackson, read a series of witness statements to the jury on the trial’s second day.
The statements were from those in or around the Euro Lounge club in the moments before and after Liam left and were read out loud as they were agreed undisputable by both the defence and the prosecution.
Liam was killed after he and his partner left the Euro Lounge Club at around 2.20am on Sunday, March 10. Both Ryan and Owen, of Godman Road, Grays, deny the charge of murder.
Miss Holland told police in the days after the incident that she had known Ryan for a few years and that she had had a "two or three-week" fling with Owen in October 2012.
She had been in Euro Lounge with a small group of friends on the Saturday night, as had Ryan and Owen, where the pair chatted with Miss Holland and her friends.
Miss Holland and her friend Charlotte Yellop left the club to get money out just moments after the attack on Liam had happened. They saw two bodies on the ground and assumed there had been a fight.
After getting cash out they then returned to the club and got in a taxi back to Miss Yellop’s house in Aveley, with their friends.
In her statement to police, Miss Holland said she had received a call from Ryan while in the taxi. Her statement read: “Ryan and Owen had been in a fight. I wanted to make sure they were ok. Ryan was upset, he was saying he was scared, he was saying he hadn’t hurt anyone. He said he hadn’t done it, it was Owen.”
Miss Holland told police she had arranged for a taxi to pick them up from the Bricklayers Arms in Grays and bring them to Miss Yellop’s house. She said she did not know how they had got there and had not seen them leaving the Euro Lounge club. But she added the battery on Ryan’s phone was low.
Her statement went on: “I then received a call from Owen, but on a number I didn’t have for him. He told me he had had a fight with the man and that it had been him not Ryan. I had also told Ryan that the man was dead. Owen said the man had started on him and it was self-defence.”
Other statements to police read by Mr Jackson, some from Euro Lounge Club staff working that night, said the atmosphere in the club seemed to be "good" and "friendly" throughout the evening.
The prosecution case is likely to end next week. The defence case will follow.
The trial continues.