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Court hears of “mayhem” outside a Great Yarmouth pub that caused the death of Ian Church

14:16 05 March 2013

Bricklayers Arms pub on Nelson Road Central and Victoria Road in Great Yarmouth.

Ian Church died following an attack in May 2012 close to the pub. 


Picture: James Bass

Bricklayers Arms pub on Nelson Road Central and Victoria Road in Great Yarmouth. Ian Church died following an attack in May 2012 close to the pub. Picture: James Bass

Archant Norfolk Photographic © 2013

A grandfather was “kicked to death” outside a pub after a group of up to 15 surrounded him, Norwich Crown Court heard today.

Ian Church, 40, suffered bleeding on the brain and never regained consciousness after “mayhem” ensued outside the Bricklayers Arms in Great Yarmouth.

Patricia Lynch QC, prosecuting, said Mr Church had a machete tucked into the back of his trousers and friend Peter Blake was carrying a cosh when they approached the pub at around 1.30am on Saturday, May 5, 2012.

She added all five defendants and the victims had been drinking all evening to toast the May bank holiday.

Mr Church and Mr Blake were returning to the Bricklayers Arms after one of defendants the Todd Esherwood, 24, punched Mr Blake in the face earlier in the evening.

The attack focused on Mr Blake, then the gang turned on Mr Church when he shouted for them to stop.

Ms Lynch said Mr Church did not use the machete and was an “ordinary working man”.

In the attack his head was stamped on and a bar stool smashed over him, and he was also kicked and punched.

The defendants are Yarmouth men Esherwood, of Saxon Road, Tony Smith, 29 of Sidney Close, Stuart Layden, 30 of South Quay and Kent pair Kelly Taylor, 33 and Roy Smith, 31.

They all plead not guilty to murder.

Proceeding.

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