A factory worker died after he was kicked and stamped on by two drunken youths on a Midland estate as he lay “defenceless” on the ground following an earlier confrontation.
The mother of one of the youths later phoned the police and told officers her son had been involved in the attack, Birmingham Crown Court was told.
Carl Keatley, 20, of Greencroft, Lichfield and a 16-year-old, who cannot be identified, have denied murdering 43-year-old Michael Eccles.
A third defendant, the 55-year-old father of the 16-year-old, who also cannot be identified, has pleaded not guilty to perverting the course of justice. The court was told he had washed blood from his son and his son’s clothes in a bid to cover up what he’d done.
Gareth Evans, prosecuting, said that on January 25 this year Keatley and the 16-year-old and another young man had gone to Beacon Park in Lichfield where they drank a considerable amount of alcohol.
Two girls were with Keatley and they all walked to some shops where the two girls went into a Costcutters. Mr Eccles was in the shop where he had just bought a bottle of wine and some milk.
“When he came out of the shop there was some conversation between him and the young man. It may well have been he was telling them to go away from that area,” said Mr Evans.
He said Mr Eccles decided to walk away but was then chased by the two youths, Keatley on a bike, who were “clearly intent on causing trouble.”
Mr Evans said they caught up with the victim and that a passing motorist saw some of the attack, the 16-year-old kicking and stamping on him as he was on the ground and “delivering a football-like kick to his head.”
Mr Eccles was later discovered seriously injured with massive facial injuries, 10 fractured ribs and a collapsed lung. He suffered irreversible brain damage and died the next day.