Fight victim had no chance, court told

Diners who watched the fight which led to the death of Richard Moore yesterday described his final moments and said “he did not fight back”.Michael O'Hare, who was the first to tend to the 21-year-old at the Hay Hill, Norwich, branch of McDonald's, told Norwich Crown Court how he heard a young woman screaming for help.

Diners who watched the fight which led to the death of Richard Moore yesterday described his final moments and said “he did not fight back”.

Michael O'Hare, who was the first to tend to the 21-year-old at the Hay Hill, Norwich, branch of McDonald's, told Norwich Crown Court how he heard a young woman screaming for help.

He saw her boyfriend wedged between the window and chair being punched by the two men. Referring to Moore, he said: “I could see him taking a beating.”

Mr O'Hare pulled Gerard Stonehouse, 48, off Mr Moore. He described his condition saying: “He didn't move. He was out of it. He was making a rasping noise, his eyes were rolling in his head and he had gone a bright red colour.”

Gerard Stonehouse and his son Jonathan Stonehouse, 18, both of Woodcock Road, Norwich, deny manslaughter on March 21. The incident started when Mr Moore's eight-month pregnant girlfriend Jemma Todd, accused Jonathan Stonehouse of staring at her. Mr Moore stood up in her defence.

Witness Andrew Moss told the court that Mr Moore was overwhelmed in the fight and could not fight back. “He didn't stand a chance,” he said.

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Another witness, Robert Philpott, said he initially thought Gerard Stonehouse was going to break up the fight but he instead joined in throwing punches at the already motionless Mr Moore.

Earlier the court heard evidence that the pair had struck the fatal blow midway through the fight but continued to set about his “lifeless body”.

The case continues.

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