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Girl 'kicked'' unconscious Trafalgar Square man

Ian Baynham
Mr Baynham died 18 days after the attack in Trafalgar Square

A teenager swore at and kicked a gay man repeatedly as he lay unconscious after a fight in London's Trafalgar Square, the Old Bailey has heard.

Ian Baynham, 62, from Beckenham, Kent, died from a brain injury 18 days after the attack last September.

Ruby Thomas, 18, kicked him in the head and stomach "quite hard", a teenager who witnessed the attack said.

Joel Alexander, of Thornton Heath, Ruby Thomas, of Lichfield, and Rachel Burke, of Three Oaks, deny manslaughter.

Mr Alexander, 19, from south London, Miss Burke, 18, from East Sussex, and Miss Thomas, from Staffordshire, also deny violent disorder.

'Couldn't remember'

Giving evidence Jamie Devlin, 18, said he met up with Miss Burke and Miss Thomas, both of whom appeared drunk, and other youths on the night of the attack.

Mr Devlin said the row escalated when Miss Thomas kicked Mr Baynham "quite hard" in the leg when he told her "No, I don't want to sleep with you".

When he moved away she kicked his friend in the "private parts" at which Mr Baynham grabbed Miss Burke by the hair and slapped her which made her fall to the floor, the jury heard.

From left: Joel Alexander, Rachel Burke, Ruby Thomas
All three defendants deny manslaughter

Following this Mr Alexander punched Mr Baynham in the face which knocked him to the ground and he began making a "snoring" noise, the witness said.

Mr Devlin said: "I saw Ruby stamp on his stomach twice, I'd say quite a hard force."

He added that he tried to pull her away from Mr Baynham who appeared unconscious.

"She walked around to the right side of him and kicked him in the right side of the head, twice.

"She was swearing," he added.

Mr Devlin told the jury that "quite a lot" of blood was coming from Mr Baynham's ear, nose and mouth.

The day after the attack Miss Burke contacted him on Facebook.

"She asked what happened, she couldn't remember," he said.

Earlier the court heard that the women shouted homophobic taunts at the victim and his friend before the attack.

The case continues.



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