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Brother's deny taxi rank attack

PUBLISHED: 16:34 15 April 2009 | UPDATED: 10:37 23 August 2010

TWO brothers have appeared in court in relation to an incident outside a taxi rank which left a 56-year-old father-of-three with serious head injuries and amnesia. Benjamin Turner, of Foxendown Lane, Meopham, and Matthew Turner, of Highview, Meopham, app

TWO brothers have appeared in court in relation to an incident outside a taxi rank which left a 56-year-old father-of-three with serious head injuries and amnesia.

Benjamin Turner, of Foxendown Lane, Meopham, and Matthew Turner, of Highview, Meopham, appeared in Maidstone Crown Court on Tuesday.

Benjamin is accused of causing GBH with intent and a lesser charge of inflicting GBH after punching James Parkinson on May 10 last year while Matthew is accused of affray after punching a second man minutes later.

The brothers were waiting for a taxi with some friends outside Pizza Go Go, New Road, Gravesend, after watching the FA Trophy final match between Ebbsfleet United and Torquay United at Wembley Stadium in London.

It is claimed Benjamin and two friends jumped the queue and when Mr Parkinson started to remonstrate with his brother he got out of the taxi and knocked him unconscious with a single punch.

Edmund Burge, prosecuting, said: "He punched him so hard in the face that it appears from the witnesses that Mr Parkinson could make no attempt to break his fall.

"That fall, it seems, caused bleeding and bruising to his brain and left him with serious head injuries."

After the incident Benjamin Turner and his two friends got back into the cab leaving Mr Parkinson lying unconscious on the road, the court heard. Mr Parkinson was treated in Kings College Hospital following the incident and underwent months of treatment for his injuries.

A second man then came to remonstrate with Matthew Turner and two other men about what had happened.

An argument started and it is alleged the second defendant punched him knocking him to the ground before running away from the scene.

Both of the brothers pleaded not guilty and claim they were acting in self-defence.

Mr Burge added: "We say they were not acting in lawful self-defence. They were simply acting in a yobbish way and lashed out at people that tried to step up to them and used unlawful violence against these people."

The trial continues.

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