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Liam Holden murder: Judge sums up evidence in trial
THE judge presiding over the trial of two brothers accused of murdering a 35-year-old man in Grays summarised the evidence by the jury.
Judge Charles Gratwicke spent all of day nine of the murder trial at Chelmsford Crown Court going through the evidence as the jury prepares to deliberate on a verdict.
Owen Wood, 24 and his younger brother Ryan, 21, deny murdering Liam Holden, a father-of-one, in the entrance to Morrison's car park, Grays, in the early hours of March 10, 2013.
Judge Gratwicke reminded the jury that throughout the course of the trial, it heard from Mandy Patient, Mr Holden's partner of 15 years, her brother Barry and had been read statements from those in and around the Euro Lounge Club on the night of the incident, including from friends of the brothers who they had been with hours after the incident.
Judge Gratwicke said the court had also heard from a friend of Ryan's, Holly Crudginton, on the same day Euro Lounge owner Grant Wild and bouncer Matthew Gold gave evidence. The brothers' father Marlon Wood was a witness last Wednesday.
In addition, expert witnesses such as forensic pathologists and scientists also gave evidence to the court as part of the prosecutions case.
Judge Gratwicke said it will be up to the jury to decide whether either or both of the Wood brothers are or are not responsible for Mr Holden's death.
Mr Holden died of diffuse axinol injuries - a lethal type of traumatic brain damage.
The prosecution argue Owen and Ryan punched Mr Holden to the floor and repeatedly punched and kicked him in the body and head following a dispute outside the club, while Owen claims he was acting in self defence having been punched by Miss Patient and put in a head lock by Mr Holden.
Owen claimed to have been "shocked" after hearing Mr Holden had died.
On Tuesday, Adam Davis, defending Owen, and John Coffey, defending Ryan, told the jury that, in both their clients cases, the intent to kill or at least cause really serious injury is not clear enough to return a guilty verdict.
But counsel for the prosecution, Andrew Jackson QC, said Owen is "a man who has a propensity for violence and has the potential to cause the level of damage caused to Liam Holden".
Judge Gratwicke is likely to complete his summary of the evidence tomorrow morning [Thursday], when the jury will be sent to consider their verdict.