A teenage girl has told the jury in the Glen Kitchens death trial that the defendant confessed to her moments after the victim was punched.
The 14-year-old girl gave evidence today (Friday 24th October 2013) at the trial of a 16-year-old boy accused of Mr Kitchens’ manslaughter.
She had been walking around Worksop with the gang on the afternoon of Saturday 6th April.
She told the court that she had been standing outside the photo shop Max Spielman on the corner of Bridge Place when the attack happened.
But she said she had not seen it because she was talking to a woman in the street.
The boys, who she knew as friends, were at the junction - but not the defendant.
“I was stood outside Max Speilman. I had my back turned. When I turned around again I saw him (Glen) on the floor,” she told the jury.
She then claims one of the boys shouted her name and she turned to see them running up Central Avenue.
She said: “I ran over to Glen and the woman I was talking to told me to go and get my friends.”
The witness then said she ran down Central Avenue behind the boys, tracking them down to the car park behind the Priory Centre.
“I saw (the defendant) sat on a wall near the cricket club,” she said, telling the court he was with another of the boys.
“When I got closer to them they were laughing but I don’t know what about.”
“I asked him what had happened and he said ‘I hit him’.”
“I didn’t know what to say.”
She then claims the boys jumped over the wall and onto the cricket field.
The girl told the court she walked back past the crime scene and went to meet two of her friends in BFC Chicken on Ryton Street.
The court heard that she then went to her mum’s house and they both came back out to Ryton Street Off Licence after about 15 minutes.
Then she left her mum and went to her grandma’s house.
Philip Gibbs, prosecuting, said: “Did you see any of the people you had been with, speak to them, phone them or talk to anyone about it on Facebook?”
“No,” replied the girl.
CCTV footage taken at 8pm that night shows the girl walking through a park with two of her friends.
Defence barrister Martin Hurst suggested they were on their way to meet the boys and devise a plan to cover their tracks and implicate the victim.
Mr Hurst asked if she had spoken to yesterday’s witness, despite him being told not to discuss case with anyone.
She answered: “No, I haven’t.”
Said Mr Hurst: “Your account to the police was completely different to what you have told the jury just now.”
“Is it that you know yesterday’s witness got mixed up about the timings of that day and you thought you would come here and get him out of it by being vague?
She replied: “No.”
He continued: “You have come here to lie your head off.”
“Someone has died. That is what this case is all about. Do you think it’s just a game?”
“No,” she said.
The trial continues.
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