Oswaldtwistle grandad ‘kicked to death’ in row over parenting – murder trial hears | #parenting


A grandad was kicked to death outside his daughter’s home in Oswaldtwistle after criticising a man’s parenting, a court heard.

Nathan Williams, 31, of Mount Pleasant Road, Oswaldtwistle, denies the murder of 65-year-old Stuart Newton who died on February 14 last year.

But shortly after the attack in the early hours of February 13, Williams allegedly texted a friend, saying: “Mate, I’ve gone into hiding. Please keep it to yourself. I think I’ve killed Abi’s dad or put him in a coma.”

Preston Crown Court heard on the evening of February 13 Mr Newton’s daughter Abigail and her partner Carl McMahon had invited their neighbours Williams and his partner Nicola Threlfall over for drinks.

Mr Newton arrived later and joined them.

All except Mr McMahon were drinking heavily and the two younger men had taken a small amount of cocaine, the court heard.

But at around 11.30pm a row broke out between Mr Newton and Williams – who family believe Mr Newton may have mistaken for his son-in-law.

Mr Newton told Williams he did not deserve to have children and said he had helped to raise his grandchildren.

The two men went outside and Williams was heard shouting “I’ve hit him.”

Abigail Newton went outside to find her father badly injured and bleeding from his head and face.

By this time, Williams was nowhere to be seen.

The other adults carried Mr Newton back inside the house and put him in the recovery position as Abigail called for her mother.

They told emergency services Mr Newton had fallen once or twice.

Mr Newton was taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital and later transferred to Royal Preston where a nurse raised concerns the injuries were not consistent with an accidental fall.

He fell into a coma and died the next day.

A post mortem revealed multiple fractures and bleeds on Mr Newton’s skull and brain, consistent with being punched, kicked and stamped on.

The cause of death was recorded as blunt head trauma.

Andrew Ford, prosecuting, said: “We say the defendant murdered Stuart Newton by causing him head injuries which were so severe that he never recovered and died the next day.

“We suggest that the nature of these injuries suggests they were caused by multiple blows to the head and face including kicking and stamping which must have been ferocious enough to break bones in the skull and face.

“From that we can infer the defendant’s intention was to cause, at least, really serious harm, if not to kill.

“All these injuries were to Mr Newton’s head and face and they were inflicted, we say, by his feet. They would suggest that Mr Newton’s head was down when he was attacked and the defendant said at the time he had knocked him to the ground.”

Blood spatters with a DNA profile matching Mr Newton’s were found on Williams’ trainers, the court heard.

(The case continues).

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