Car thief was beaten in bath'
PUBLISHED: 12:37 15 January 2009 | UPDATED: 10:23 23 August 2010
A CAR thief was bundled into his bath by a gang and beaten so severely during a pre-planned attack he died a fortnight later, a court heard. Ted Shaxted, 36, of Wallis Park, Northfleet, was subjected to what the prosecution describe as a sustained and s
A CAR thief was bundled into his bath by a gang and beaten so severely during a pre-planned attack he died a fortnight later, a court heard.
Ted Shaxted, 36, of Wallis Park, Northfleet, was subjected to what the prosecution describe as a "sustained and substantial beating" in his flat on December 2, 2007, and died a fortnight later of organ failure.
Kelvin Horlock, 29, of Hatfield Road, Strood, Marvin Service, 33, of Brandon Street, Gravesend, Bill Saunders, 27, of Shamrock Road, Gravesend, and Trevor Lees, 35, of London Road, Northfleet, appeared at Maidstone Crown Court on Tuesday charged with his murder.
The jury heard that on December 1, 2007, Mr Shaxted visited the home of Karen Horlock, mother of Mr Horlock, and took her car from her home in Ebbsfleet Walk, Northfleet without her permission.
Mr Shaxted, who was drunk at the time, then crashed the car, and was arrested and charged by police. A day later, the prosecution claim a group organised by Mr Horlock visited him.
Opening the trial, Jonathan Higgs, prosecuting, said: "People attended his flat and gave him a very serious beating indeed, so severe that he died from the injuries he sustained a fortnight later.
"We say the group that attended had been organised by Mr Horlock, the car belonged to his mother, and we also say that the group that attended included the three other defendants.
"The group bundled him into a bath, and callously set about beating him, using fists and feet collectively to break nearly every rib on the right hand side of his chest. The crown say that the people who carried out that attack intended to cause really serious injuries. He had been subjected to a substantial and serious beating."
Shaxted was found by a friend later that evening sitting in his living room with a severely swollen head, 11 of his ribs on the right side of his chest fractured and a fractured collar bone.
He did not name any of the people involved when questioned by police, but described one of the males, who the prosecution allege fitted the description of Bill Saunders.
Police were also told that he heard someone say "Billy, come on" before they left.
The jury was told a palm print belonging to Marvin Service was found on the bathroom wall, and that drops of blood belonging to Lees were found inside and outside the flat.
A jacket, that the prosecution say belonged to Saunders, was seized by police with the blood of Mr Shaxted on it.
According to the prosecution, Horlock claims he was in the George and Dragon, London Road, Swanscombe that evening, but the prosecution say mobile phone records prove Mr Horlock was at Wallis Park at the time of the attack.
Horlock, Service and Saunders have also pleaded not guilty to manslaughter. Lees admits manslaughter.
The trial, which is expected to last for six weeks, continues.