Liam Holden murder: Man says brother was 'going mad' in fight the night Liam died (From Thurrock Gazette)
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Liam Holden murder: Man says brother was 'going mad' in fight the night Liam died
A MAN accused of murder said his brother was 'going mad' and 'wouldn't stop kicking' a man in a fight the night Liam Holden was beaten to death.
Ryan Wood, 21, told friend Holly Crudgington that he and his brother Owen Wood, 24, also accused of murder, had been involved in a fight outside the Euro Lounge nightclub, in Grays, on March 10.
Miss Crudgington, who gave evidence from behind a screen, told Chelmsford Crown Court that she had text Ryan moments after seeing ambulances at Morrisons Car park, where Liam sustained fatal injuries.
She said she had seen Owen and Ryan leave the Nightclub at 2am but had not followed them outside.
She said Ryan called her around 2.30am and said he and Owen had been involved in a fight, although didn't go into details.
Miss Crudgington then got a taxi with friends Jade Holland and Charlotte Yellop to Miss Yellop's house in Crescent Road, Aveley.
The Wood brothers arrived 15 minutes later and Miss Crudgington said Ryan was "upset, very white and seemed very anxious and worried."
Miss Crudgington left the house soon after with the brothers where they stayed at Ryan and Owen's father's house in Chadwell St Mary.
She left the next day.
Earlier in the day, Sonny Miller, the proprietor of the Euro Lounge, said he spoke with a blonde lady, in the early hours of Sunday, March 10 after she had approached him with a complaint.
She told him a man had kicked down the toilet door of the cubicle she was using and accused her of taking cocaine.
Mr Miller, formerly Grant Wild, said she "was drunk but still had her marbles."
He said a man joined her and began to "defend her honour." He said the man was aggressive and said "I will fight anyone of your staff."
The man and woman left the club soon after.
Mr Miller, who admitted to being drunk himself, said he heard a woman screaming shortly afterwards outside the club.
On arriving at the scene, near Morrisons, he said there were two people on the floor, one with a large bump of his head, a blonde woman - the same woman he had spoken to inside the club - and "two, three or four people" past them, one of whom was being restrained by another.
He said he pushed one of the men away in an attempt to calm the scene before giving helping his brother, Robert Wild, give CPR to Liam.
Robert Wild, in a witness statement, said the man on the floor's face was covered in blood.
Prosecutor Andrew Jackson read his statement, which said: "All I can remember is the man's face and the woman's screams.
"It's as though they are burnt into my mind."
Euro Lounge bouncer Matthew Gold's told the court Liam had grabbed his arm outside the club as he was still upset about the incident in the toilet.
Mr Gold said he pushed him away in the chest and said Liam had told him he was also a bouncer.
He only recognised Liam as the same man after reading about his death days later on the Internet.
Mandy Patient, Liam's partner of 15 years, yesterday gave evidence. She said Liam told her a bouncer had punched him and she had to tell him not to challenge the man on the door.
The trial will resume on Wednesday, September 25.