Liam Holden murder: Prosecution case ends after Ryan Wood doesn't give evidence (From Thurrock Gazette)
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Liam Holden murder: Prosecution case ends after Ryan Wood doesn't give evidence
THE closing speech from the crown prosecution has been heard as a verdict on whether two brothers are found guilty of murder draws closer.
Andrew Jackson, QC, told the jury at Chelmsford Crown Court that both Owen Wood, 24, and Ryan Wood, 21, were responsible for the death of Liam Holden, after he left the Euro Lounge nightclub, in Grays, on Sunday, March 10.
He said Owen Wood's intention to cause at least serious bodily harm, if not death, is evident as he couldn't remember how many times he had kicked Liam when he had been punched to the floor.
Mr Jackson also referred to expert analysis which said Liam had suffered a fractured skull on hitting the floor and may have sustained brain damage from punches sustained before he was kicked on the ground.
He called into question whether, as stated in Owen Wood's evidence on Friday, Liam would have been able to get up to defend himself and said Mr Wood was not acting in self defence, as he claims.
He said: "He was in control of everything he was doing" and was going "hell for leather to cause the maximum amount of injury."
He made reference to Owen Wood's previous convictions, which were explained to the jury as they held similarities to details in this case.
In May 2006 Mr Wood and four friends hit a man over the head with a bottle in Chadwell St Mary before kicking him as he was on the floor. He was found guilty of assault in June 2007.
Two months after that he was found guilty of wounding with intent, having attacked a man with a machete and causing 'severe facial and bodily injuries.'
He said, in regard to Owen Wood's character, "we are dealing with a man who has a propensity for violence and has the potential to cause the level of damage caused to Liam Holden.
"He is a man who, by looking at his previous convictions, follows people in the street to attack them and is a man who is capable of explosive and huge violence."
John Coffey, Ryan Wood's counsel, told the jury that his client would not be giving evidence at the start of the day.
Mr Jackson said Ryan Wood's police statement "cries out for explanation" as he says in it he was told to "stop" by Robert Wylde, brother of the proprietor at the Euro Lounge, as he was restrained during the attack. However, no explanation is given as to what My Wylde meant by "stop."
The brothers deny murder.
The closing statement from the defence will be heard tomorrow.
The trial continues.