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London gay attack accused was 'not that type of girl'

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

A teenager accused of attacking a gay man in Trafalgar Square was "not the type of girl" to make alleged homophobic comments, a court has heard.

Declan Seavers said his ex-girlfriend Ruby Thomas, 18, also "swore blind" she had not stamped on Ian Baynham.

Mr Baynham, 62, died 18 days after the incident in central London last year.

Miss Thomas, of Lichfield, Rachel Burke, 18, of Three Oaks, East Sussex and Joel Alexander, 19, of Thornton Heath, south London, deny manslaughter.

Mr Baynham had been on a night out in Soho with friend Philip Brown before he was abused by one of the girls, the Old Bailey heard.

Miss Thomas is said to have joined fellow teenager Miss Burke "putting the boot into" Mr Baynham after Mr Alexander knocked him to the floor.

'Very drunk'

Prosecuting, Brian Altman QC asked Mr Seavers - her boyfriend at the time - about the claim she swore at the men and made homophobic insults.

Mr Seavers, 24, said: "She wouldn't say something like that. She's not that type of girl. None of them are."

She swore blind that she hadn't and I believed her
Declan Seavers

He said he had spoken to Miss Thomas about what had happened after newspaper reports about the case said girls had stamped on the victim.

"She kept saying she hadn't," he said. "She swore blind that she hadn't and I believed her."

Mr Seavers said when he saw Miss Thomas later on the night of the alleged attack she was "very drunk" and not making much sense.

He said she had two black eyes and a bruised cheek and she said she had been beaten up by some boys on a bus.

The court heard she later rang him when her picture appeared in the Evening Standard newspaper in a report on the case, and Mr Seavers also read a report in the Sun.

He said she was "calm" when he asked her about it, according to part of his statement put to him in the witness box.

"She went on to say it's lies, it's all lies," the statement continued.

Miss Thomas told her then-boyfriend she had got into a row with "a couple of blokes" and one of them pulled her bag causing it to rip, and as she was picking up her belongings that had fallen out she saw him on the ground, the court heard.

Ian Baynham
Mr Baynham was allegedly punched to the ground and stamped on

According to the statement she also told her boyfriend: "Listen baby, I swear to God, I didn't touch him. The papers have got it all wrong."

Mr Seavers told the court he "loved the girl" who he had been going out with for 18-months.

Asked if he had been angry with her, he said: "I was at first because I believed that what I was reading was the truth.

"I was like 'how could you do that?' But then once she explained it I believed her."

He complained about the statement taken from him by police, saying: "They sexed it up and made it look bad."

The trial continues.



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