Witness Tells Court of Prescot Retail Park Attack

By on Wednesday, December 4, 2013

liverpool_crown_courtA witness in the trial of two men for the murder of Prescot man Jonathan Fitchett told the court that she witnessed “a barrage of punches” in what was a “horrific” attack.

Jonathan Fitchett, 22, suffered a brain haemorrhage on Thursday 11 July, after being beaten in front of shoppers at Cables Retail Park, Prescot. He died the following day.

According to a witness, who testified today from behind a curtain, both defendants –¬†Gerard Childs, 27, of Rainhill, and Stephen Price, 28, of Prescot – participated in the attack, with at least one continuing to beat him after he fell to the floor unconscious.

Nicholas Johnson, QC, representing Price, challenged the witness’s account, saying that according to an earlier statement, she had seen Fitchett fall because he tripped over his own feet rather than being knocked out.

Defending Childs, Graham Pratt, QC, said his client’s involvement ended after he threw the first punch.

Childs and Price have both pleaded not guilty to murder, claiming they acted in self-defence.

The trial continues.

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