THE prosecutor in a murder trial claimed the two defendants turned on their victim on the city walls because he was “not from Blacon”.
Michael Chambers QC is prosecuting Kieran Cunnah, 18, Durham Road, Blacon, and a 17-year-old male, also from Blacon, who can’t be named, at Chester Crown Court for the murder of Christopher Garwell, 23, of Connah’s Quay. Both deny the charge.
Summing up the case for the prosecution, he said: “The key to understanding what has gone on in this case and how the defendants behaved is that Christopher Garwell was not from Blacon. He was not one of this group of mates. He comes from Connah’s Quay.”
The jury has heard how Mr Garwell met the defendants for the first time in Grosvenor Park through a mutual friend on a hot sunny day on June 3.
The alleged victim had drunk most of a bottle of vodka, smoked cannabis all day and taken six tablets similar to ecstasy. Both defendants had also been drinking and smoking cannabis but accepted they knew what they were doing.
Mr Chambers said it was no coincidence that when the mutual friend went back to Connah’s Quay the defendants robbed Mr Garwell of “drugs or money” at Charlotte Court where Cunnah accepts he punched the deceased.
He pointed to the evidence of a 17-year-old girl who, the prosecution maintain, is a “truthful, reliable and courageous witness” as to what had happened just minutes later on the city walls.
She reported seeing her brother, the 17-year-old accused, punch the alleged victim after the defendants overheard Mr Garwell saying on his mobile phone “get the boys down’.
She then saw Cunnah, with whom she had previously been close, kick Mr Garwell in the face, and then punch him. Finally, Cunnah launched another kick at the deceased’s face at the same time as her brother punched him for a second time, causing Mr Garwell to fall to the floor.
However, another witness, Natalie Rigby, said the 17-year-old accused’s second punch came before the final kick by Cunnah.
Mr Chambers stressed again: “There is a key to understanding who was the aggressor in this case. The key is he (Christopher Garwell) was not from Blacon. He was not one of them.”
The case continues.