A man who is alleged to have been attacked with a machete screamed for help before he died, a court heard.

Daniel Adger, 34, died after suffering three deep cuts to his head, hand and leg following an incident on Eden Green in South Ockendon on August 21, 2017.

Three men are standing trial, accused with his murder. They are Zakaria Lahrar, 19, of no fixed abode, Connal CockerDawkins, 20, of Denmark Road, London, and Lee Dowman, 50, of Lytton Road, Grays, who all deny the charges brought against them.

A fourth man, Daniel Boakye, 30, of Western Green, Dagenham, admitted murdering Mr Adger and is awaiting sentence.

Witnesses described hearing screams from a man saying “help me, they are going to kill me.”

Prosecuting was Emma Dummett, who read out the witness statements to a jury at Basildon Crown Court on Friday, February 16 2018.

In one witness statement, she read: “He [Daniel Adger] was shouting ‘help me, they’re going to kill me'.”

“I saw Daniel Adger running away and he was being followed by two men."

According to the witness’s statement, Daniel Adger and the two suspects chasing him disappeared behind a bin shed.

Ms Dummett continued: “I then heard an almighty whacking sound while I was walking towards the bin shed.

“I heard Daniel Adger then scream ‘now they have killed me, please call me an ambulance.’

“At first I thought it was a baseball bat but then I saw one of the men with a curved item that looked like a machete.”

Ms Dummett also confirmed that the witness had no issue identifying the two men as Daniel Boakye and Zakaria Lahrar.

The court heard how doctors were on the scene and performed what they called “major surgery” on the street on Daniel Adger.

He was later taken to Basildon Hospital where he died.

The trial continues.