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Family saw father kicked to death
Garry Newlove
Mr Newlove confronted the gang outside his Warrington home
Two daughters have described how they saw a gang of teenagers surround their father before punching and kicking him to death.

Garry Newlove was attacked outside his home in Warrington after confronting the youths about vandalism to his wife's car in August.

Zoe, 18, told the court her father was kicked like a football. Amy, 12, was seen in a recorded police interview.

Five teenagers, appearing at Chester Crown Court, deny murder charges.

Mr Newlove was attacked on Station Road North, Fearnhead, on 10 August.

'Pushing and shoving'

The jury was shown an interview video with the sales manager's youngest daughter, Amy, 12.

"Zoe shouted to my dad to come back to the house. I looked away and the next thing they were fighting with him.

One went behind him and kneed him in the back and that is when he fell
Amy Newlove, daughter, 12

They were kicking him like they would kick a football
Zoe Newlove, daughter, 18

"They were trying to push him and shove him and then one went behind him and kneed him in the back and that is when he fell.

"He fell on his side and they kicked his head. Some walked on, others carried on trying to kick him," she said.

Zoe Newlove told the court gangs had been causing trouble in the area for months.

Heard noise

She said on the night her father was attacked he had gone out to speak to the youths.

She said: "I heard my sister Amy shout that she'd heard a noise outside and heard someone smashing my mum's car.

"Dad got up from the lounge and went outside to see what was going on.

"I could hear Dad ask them if they had done anything to the car."

Ms Newlove said she followed her father out of the house and saw that he was surrounded by a group of about six or seven teenagers in a semi-circle.

She then described how her father asked if the gang had damaged his wife's car before they turned on him.

"The lad lifted up his left arm and hit my dad, another went behind him.

"When one of the lads punched him from behind my dad started to fall backwards and he received another hit."

Plea rejected

Ms Newlove described how her father curled up on the ground and put his hands over his head.

As she and other members of the family ran to help Mr Newlove she said the youths "started to kick him".

"They were kicking him like they would kick a football," she told the court.

"They were laughing at him and then they started to run off."

Mr Newlove never regained consciousness and died of his injuries at Warrington General Hospital two days later.

Four teenagers - two aged 17, a 15-year-old and a 16-year-old - and Adam Swellings, 19, of Crewe, Cheshire, deny murder.

Mr Swellings pleaded guilty to manslaughter, but this was rejected by the prosecution and he will continue to be tried for murder.

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