Oliver Brown (pictured at Nottingham Crown Court today) struck father-of-two Stephen Walsh on his front doorstep, it was claimed
A double glazing fitter tracked down and killed a drink driver with a single punch after he ‘clipped’ his van in the street then failed to stop, a court heard today.
Oliver Brown, 21, struck father-of-two Stephen Walsh on his front doorstep following the ‘minor’ late-night collision, it was claimed.
Minutes earlier, the alleged victim, 37, had veered into the path of Brown’s car and the vehicles had collided in a quiet residential road on July 29.
But instead of stopping at the scene, construction foreman Mr Walsh ‘went straight home’ before settling down with fiancee Katie Brown to watch ITV show Love Island.
Meanwhile, a ‘pumped up and angry’ Brown drove around nearby streets until he found Mr Walsh’s white Lexus parked on the drive of his home in Mapperley, Nottinghamshire.
Nottingham Crown Court heard he then knocked on the door and struck Mr Walsh to the face when he answered, knocking him unconscious.
Mr Walsh was then picked up and dragged back into the house by Brown, who it was claimed ‘knew he had overreacted and tried to make amends’.
After eventually regaining consciousness a few moments later, Ms Walsh made his own way to bed.
But at 6am the next morning Katie, who was ‘oblivious’ to how badly her partner was hurt, went to check on him and found him lying in bed ‘stone cold’.
She dialled 999 but Mr Walsh was pronounced dead by paramedics when they arrived a short time later.
A post-mortem examination found he died of a bleed on the brain caused by head injuries, including a fractured skull and jaw.
Instead of stopping at the scene of the crash, Stephen Walsh ‘went straight home’ before settling down with fiancee Katie Brown (pictured together) to watch ITV show Love Island
Brown handed himself in at a police station the day after Mr Walsh’s death and was charged with manslaughter, which he denies.
His girlfriend, Roseann Newton, 21, appeared alongside him in the dock accused of assisting an offender after she allegedly deleted text messages and made a false statement to police.
The court heard several texts had been deleted, including one from Brown sent minutes after the incident which read ‘I really hope he’s not brain damaged’, with Newton replying: ‘I really hope he is.’
She later texted her boyfriend to say ‘like I keep saying, he deserved it’, while a text from Brown to her read: ‘Anger got the better of me should of [sic] just pushed him.’
Brown’s girlfriend Roseann Newton (pictured) is accused of assisting an offender after she allegedly deleted text messages
The next morning, Newton, from Sneinton, Nottingham, sent a message to her best friend saying ‘we eventually found the guy, Oliver f******* knocked him clean out.’
She was interviewed by police again and said Brown, now of Ingoldmells, Lincs, had told her to delete the messages.
Sarah Knight, prosecuting, told the court that on the day he was attacked, Mr Walsh had been at a christening at a nearby social club with Katie from 5.30pm to 10.15pm.
She said: ‘Mr Walsh drove himself and Katie Brown home that evening in his Lexus. He shouldn’t have done. He had been drinking throughout the evening.
‘Katie Brown was cross with him for doing this and had an argument with him at the time, but he insisted on driving them home.
‘On their way home shortly after 10pm, Mr Walsh in his Lexus veered into the path of Oliver Brown, who was travelling with his girlfriend, Roseann Newton.
‘The two vehicles collided to a minor degree. Mr Walsh’s vehicle clipped Mr Brown’s van causing a small amount of damage to the wing mirror and nearside front of the van.
‘Mr Walsh should have stopped at the scene, but he simply carried on home, and he arrived there about 10.30pm.’
Ms Knight said that the couple ‘hadn’t been in long’ when Brown knocked at their front door.
‘Oliver Brown wouldn’t rest until he found that car,’ she added. ‘When he did he pulled up alongside the Lexus. He got out and he went to the front door.’
Mr Walsh answered and Brown ‘remonstrated’ with him before striking him ‘hard’ to the face, knocking him to the floor, it was claimed.
A ‘pumped up and angry’ Brown drove around nearby streets until he found Mr Walsh’s white Lexus parked on the drive of his home (pictured) in Mapperley, Notts
Miss Knight added: ‘The blow that Oliver Brown delivered to him and the impact caused by Mr Walsh’s head falling to the ground caused fractures to his skull and jaw.
‘These led to a bleed on the brain that would tragically kill him just a few hours later.
Jurors were told Katie was ‘oblivious’ to the fact he was badly hurt, and dismissed the fact he was coughing as ‘normal for him when he had drunk far too much’.
Around 15 minutes later Brown, who only lived around a quarter of a mile away, came back to the house with his mother and said he wanted to swap insurance details.
But because it was so late, and Mr Walsh was ‘in no fit state to discuss it’, Katie suggested they come back the next day after work, the court heard.
However, in what Miss Knight alleged seemed to be a bid to ‘keep a low profile’, Brown never returned, and also failed to report the collision to police.
She added that Mr Walsh eventually regained consciousness and made his way up to bed while Katie stayed up sending text messages to him to read the next morning.
She checked on him at around 4am and, thinking he was drunk and asleep, went to bed herself in the spare room.
But two hours later she checked again and found him lying on his back, cold, and with his eyes open.
The court heard several texts had been deleted, including one from Brown (left) sent minutes after the incident which read ‘I really hope he’s not brain damaged’, with Newton (right) replying: ‘I really hope he is’
A search was launched for Mr Walsh’s alleged attacker – with Brown identified from witness accounts and CCTV footage as the driver of the other vehicle.
Miss Knight said he was alerted by his girlfriend to a police press release about the incident, and handed himself in.
The court heard that before he was arrested, Brown told officers he’d been ‘a bit aggressive’ with Mr Walsh – but had only slapped him once with an open palm.
Brown then answered ‘no comment’ in interviews, instead providing a prepared statement through his solicitor in which he denied being angry.
He claimed Mr Walsh had been ‘drunk and aggressive’, and had lunged at him – and said he acted ‘pre-emptively’ in self-defence because he was ‘scared’.
Newton also gave a statement to police, saying Mr Walsh was aggressive, slurring his words, and ‘flapping his arms’ – and that she didn’t see how he fell to the ground.
However, she claimed she had seen Mr Walsh’s partner swearing, crying and ‘lashing out’ at him, punching him in the stomach and head and kicking him to the legs.
Miss Knight said: ‘She stated Oliver Brown told Katie to stop. Blame was being laid at the door of Katie Brown, the deceased’s fiancee.’
The trial continues.
The next morning, Katie (right), who was ‘oblivious’ to how badly her partner (left) was hurt, went to check on him and found him lying in bed ‘stone cold’