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News: UK

Wed 24 Nov, 2010
By Sam Bristowe


They put the boot into Mr Baynham who was clearly flat out on his back, unconscious and completely distressed

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Two teenage girls "put the boot in" to a fatally injured man in Trafalgar Square after he was subjected to gay taunts, the Old Bailey has heard.

Ian Baynham, 62, had been punched by Joel Alexander and was unconscious and vulnerable after his head hit the ground, fracturing his skull.

Then, said Brian Altman QC, Ruby Thomas and Rachel Burke, who were then 17, began kicking his head and stamping on his chest. "Both Ruby Thomas and Rachel Burke began, quite literally, putting the boot in," he said.



"They put the boot into Mr Baynham who was clearly flat out on his back, unconscious and completely distressed."

Mr Baynham died 18 days later, in October last year, after a complex fracture of the skull and brain damage due to the fall, the court heard.

Thomas, now 18, of Bourdon Road, Anerley, and Alexander, 20, of Talbot Road, Thornton Heath, both south-east London, deny manslaughter.

Mr Altman told the jurors they should not speculate on why Rachel Burke was not in the dock. He said the incident began on September 25 last year when Thomas began insulting Mr Baynham as he walked past them with a friend. "Ruby Thomas was quite deliberately and provocatively hurling homophobic abuse," he said.

A confrontation broke out with Thomas allegedly hitting Mr Baynham and striking him with her handbag. Mr Baynham then grabbed Rachel Burke and hit her before Alexander delivered a "devastating punch" to his jaw.

Mr Altman added: "The story of this case is the all too familiar story of drunkenness and loutish behaviour, though these defendants went far beyond anti-social behaviour." The trial was adjourned to Wednesday.

Source: PA

 

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