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Liam Holden murder: My Liam was punched and kicked to death, court told
THE girlfriend of a man murdered in Grays has told of the horrific moment her partner was “punched and kicked” to death.
Mandy Patient, Liam’s partner of 15 years, struggled to hold back tears as she described to Chelmsford Crown Court the moment the 35-year-old was attacked in Morrisons car park during the early hours of March 10.
Two men, Ryan Wood, 21, and Owen Wood, 25, both of Godman Road, Grays, are standing trial accused of murder. Both deny the charge.
Under question from the prosecution counsel Andrew Jackson, on Thursday, Miss Patient said her and Liam were leaving the Euro Lounge club after the door of the toilet cubicle she was in had been kicked down by “a young man” who accused her of being a “coke head”.
Miss Patient said the couple went to leave the club shortly after 2.15am, with Liam “upset” having been told by Miss Patient what had happened to her in the toilets.
As they left, Miss Patient said she confronted the club owner, Grant Wild, on the door about what had happened while Liam – who worked in security himself – told a bouncer he should be dealing with any drugs concerns.
As the couple walked away, heading towards Morrisons, Liam told her that the bouncer had hit him. She said Liam was “upset” about this and intent on going back and challenging the bouncer, but she told him “it wasn’t worth it.”
Through tears, she then said: “All of a sudden, he was being attacked. He just got attacked out of nowhere. I just saw him getting attacked and constantly punched and kicked and punched and kicked and stamped on. There were two men. They repeatedly punched and kicked him.
“They wouldn’t stop. I was screaming at them to stop and leave my Liam alone but they wouldn’t stop.”
Later she added: “I was screaming leave my boy alone, I was shouting for help but they just kept going and going and going.”
She said one man in a black, nylon-like “Adidas” jacket which had white stripes down the sleeves stood out. She told the court she has had flashbacks of him punching Liam.
Miss Patient said her brother, Barry, then came running round the corner and that the men "ran at him and knocked him out”.
She then added: “I was left cradling Liam in my arms. He wasn’t breathing.”
But under cross-examination, Miss Patient was asked by the defence' barristers how many men attacked Liam and whether he was kicked. In court she said two men attacked him and that he was kicked.
But in statements to police - made in the days after the incident - she was less clear and said one man had attacked Liam and that he had been punched repeatedly, not kicked.
The afternoon session saw Barry Patient, Miss Patient’s brother - who had been out with Liam, Miss Patient and his girlfriend Lola Clark to celebrate her birthday – give evidence to court.
He was knocked unconscious during the “scuffle” after responding to his sister’s screams having left Euro Lounge, he claimed.
But he also admitted to the court that he had been drinking since 5pm on March 9 and could have spent anything up to £100 on alcohol throughout the evening. Under questioning from both the defence and prosecution QCs he struggled to recollect events.
The trial continues.