A COURT has heard harrowing details of how a 40-year-old man was beaten to death in an alleyway in St Helens.
Darren Bolger was set upon in the middle of the day by Stephen Thomas after an argument and then left bleeding in the alley off Parr Street, it was claimed.
A schoolboy, who witnessed the incident, saw “a squabble” and Mr Bolger being stuck with hard punches in the face which caused him to fall to the ground.
Anne Whyte, QC, prosecuting, told a Liverpool Crown Court jury that Thomas ran off after the attack and Mr Bolger, who was conscious, was taken to Whiston Hospital where he went into a coma and was declared dead shortly before midnight on January 27.
Shortly after the attack Thomas admitted to others that he had been involved in the incident, she claimed.
She said that the victim had suffered a fractured skull which led to fatal bleeding and swelling on the brain. The fracture “was probably sustained when he fell to the floor and smacked his head on the tarmac surface.”
Miss Whyte also claimed that marks on the victim’s face indicated that the attacker had used a foot as well as his fists and the soles of Thomas’s shoes matched a pattern found in blood at the scene.
Twentyfive-year-old Thomas, of no fixed address, but formerly of Wigan, has pleaded not guilty to murder.
The trial, which is expected to last about a week, continues.