New twist in murder trial

PUBLISHED: 10:21 29 January 2009 | UPDATED: 10:25 23 August 2010

THE former girlfriend of a man accused of a brutal murder has taken the witness stand to give evidence against her ex-lover.

THE former girlfriend of a man accused of a brutal murder has taken the witness stand to give evidence against her ex-lover.

Witness Samantha Savill told a jury at Maidstone Crown Court on Monday that her ex-boyfriend Marvin Service, 33, of Brandon Street, Gravesend, knew Kelvin Horlock, 29, of Hatfield Road, Strood, had been involved in a violent confrontation with Ted Shaxted over his mum's car.

Marvin Service is among four men accused of the brutal murder of the 36-year-old in Wallis Park, Northfleet on December 2, 2007.

Horlock and Service claim to have been at a party at the George and Dragon pub, Gravesend, on the night Mr Shaxted was attacked.

Ms Savill also suggested that Service had told her he had been taken home from the party that evening by Horlock and "a couple of other guys".

She said: "When I confronted him he said he had heard the guy [Ted Shaxted] had died. He said his name was linked because he went to the party.

"He just said he'd heard that the guy had died, but it was due to the amount of drugs in his system.

"He told me he went to the party and got dropped off home by Kelvin Horlock and a couple of other guys.

"He said he knew Kevin Horlock had got into a fight with the guy over his mum's car being broken into."

It is alleged that Service and Horlock, as well as Trevor Lees, 35, of London Road, Northfleet, and Bill Saunders, 27, of Shamrock Road, Gravesend, gave Mr Shaxted such a severe beating at his home that he died two weeks later as a result of the injuries.

The prosecution have previously claimed that Horlock arranged the 'revenge attack' after a booze-fuelled Mr Shaxted crashed a car belonging to his mother.

Ms Savill said she originally confronted Service over the killing in February 2008.

Defending, Mr Richard Carey-Hughes revealed that Ms Savill had not told the police about her conversation with Service until the following December.

He also claimed Service had been seeing at least one other girl at the time and that he was not "always entirely frank about how he got from A to B".

Mr Carey-Hughes said: "He might have told you a fib about how he got home. Might he have been in another girl's car?"

"Yes," she said."

All four of the accused deny murder. Lees has admitted manslaughter.

The trial continues.

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