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Liam Holden murder trial: Defence says 'not enough evidence to prove guilt'
DEFENCE counsel have said there is not enough evidence to find Owen and Ryan Wood guilty of murdering Liam Holden, in their closing statements.
Adam Davis, defending Owen Wood, and John Coffey, defending Ryan Wood, told the jury that, in both their clients cases, the intent to kill or at least cause really serious injury is not clear enough to return a guilty verdict.
The brothers deny murdering Liam Holden, 35, on Sunday, March 10 after they had left the Euro Lounge nightclub in Grays.
Mr Davis said the evidence given by Mandy Patient, Liam Holden's partner, had "inconsistencies" and made reference to accounts from Sonny Miller, proprietor of the Euro Lounge, and Matthew Gold, a bouncer at the club, who said she was drunk on the evening Liam died. He questioned how reliable her chain of events was when given to police.
He also told the jury that, according to the evidence of expert pathologist Dr Benjamin Swift, injuries to Liam's knuckles, which Miss Patient says were from a week before his death in the course of his black belt training, had been caused later than she said. He said Liam must have punched Owen Wood "at least once."
Mr Davis said it was a 12 second fight and his client only used the necessary amount of force to stop Liam getting up from the floor, once Owen Wood had punched him to the ground, as he was acting in self-defence.
He said: "My client did not use the maximum amount of force to show intent to kill."
Meanwhile, Mr Coffey said Ryan Wood was not involved in a fight with Liam Holden, but had instead hit Barry Patient, Mandy's brother, as he was trying to protect his brother.
He said: "There is no evidence to prove this was a joint attack.
"Mandy Patient made no reference to Ryan Wood after the attack when speaking to the police on site. Only a man in a Fred Perry jacket with dark hair.
"The evidence is not there for a guilty verdict.
"This is a case of being at the wrong place at the wrong time."
Judge Charles Gratwicke spent the afternoon summing up the evidence and is expected to finish addressing the jury tomorrow afternoon.
The jury will then retire to consider a verdict.