Murder trial latest
PUBLISHED: 15:00 21 January 2009 | UPDATED: 10:23 23 August 2010
A FRIEND of a man who was beaten so badly by a gang he died two weeks later told a court his face and head looked like a pumpkin when he found him. Ted Shaxted, 36, of Wallis Park, Northfleet, was attacked in his flat on December 2 2007, and died a for
A FRIEND of a man who was beaten so badly by a gang he died two weeks later told a court his "face and head looked like a pumpkin" when he found him.
Ted Shaxted, 36, of Wallis Park, Northfleet, was attacked in his flat on December 2 2007, and died a fortnight later from 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, are standing trial at Maidstone Crown Court charged with his murder.
A second jury was sworn in last Friday after the original jury were dismissed, and they were taken to key sites in the case on Monday.
On Tuesday the court heard a witness statement from Mr Shaxted's friend Alan Burke, who was staying with him at the time and discovered him conscious in his flat.
He said: "I saw the bathroom light was on, and I could see that there was blood all over the walls, the bath, toilet and the sink. I walked through to the living room.
"Ted was sat upright. He was covered in blood, his face and head looked like a pumpkin. There was blood all over his face. I said to him what happened. He didn't speak, he just pointed to his head and face."
The court heard how a drunk Mr Shaxted had visited the home of Karen Horlock, mother of Mr Horlock, in December 2007 and took a car from her home in Ebbsfleet Walk, Northfleet, without her permission before crashing the car.
It is claimed by the prosecution that the gang, organised by Mr Horlock, subjected him to a "sustained and substantial beating" the next day.
Horlock, Service and Saunders have also pleaded not guilty to manslaughter. Lees admits manslaughter.
The trial continues.