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Strongman's pack of lies over killing'

PUBLISHED: 09:34 12 February 2009 | UPDATED: 10:27 23 August 2010

A KENT strongman told a pack of lies to hide his role in a beating which led to the death of a man, a jury heard. Body builder Marvin Service, 33, of Brandon Street, Gravesend, is accused of beating Ted Shaxted so hard in his flat that he died from int

A KENT strongman told "a pack of lies" to hide his role in a beating which led to the death of a man, a jury heard.

Body builder Marvin Service, 33, of Brandon Street, Gravesend, is accused of beating Ted Shaxted so hard in his flat that he died from internal organ failure two weeks later in hospital.

A palm print of the defendant was found on tiles in the blood-soaked bathroom of the 36-year-old victim's Wallis Park home, Northfleet.

Bill Saunders, 27, of Shamrock Road, Gravesend, Trevor Lees, 35, of London Road and Kelvin Horlock from Strood are all charged with his murder.

According to the prosecution the gang went to the victim's flat on December 2, 2007 the day after he took a car belonging to Horlock's mum and crashed it.

The court heard how Service had met Horlock twice at the George and Dragon pub in Gravesend to buy cocaine on the evening Shaxted was attacked.

After the second trip Horlock was "not his usual bubbly self" and told Service about a man who had been "weighed in" as a result of his mum's car.

Service claims he volunteered to see if the victim was still there and to check if any ambulance or police were present.

Crown prosecutor Jonathan Higgs said: "You lied in police interview, you panicked.

"You claim Kelvin Horlock asked you to go to the flat to see if the victim was still there.

"That's a pack of lies. You went round with the others, you got your palm print there in the middle of giving the victim a beating."

In December 2007 Service had just recovered from knee damage sustained in a Kent Strongman competition several months earlier but denied any part in the beating.

He said: "I banged on the door frame with my elbow, there was no answer. So I crept inside.

"I could see blood on the bath, to get a better look I leant on the tiles to support my knee which kept giving way - it was instinctive."

Mr Higgs said: "You didn't inspect the rest of the flat, go into the living room, you didn't hear any moaning, cries for help?"

Service said: "I didn't inspect it like CSI. I thought he's not here he must be getting cleaned up at a neighbour's. My main focus was to see if the fella was still there."

Mobile phone data confirmed Service, who went back to his Brandon Street flat, did not ring Horlock because there was "nothing to report."

The trial is due to close today . All four deny murder, Lees has pleaded guilty to manslaughter. The other three defendants deny manslaughter.

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