A MAN told a court he saw two teenagers kicking a Liverpool schoolboy to death as if he were "a football".
Father-of-two Kevin McLoughlin yesterday told a Chester Crown Court jury that the sight of 15-year-old Johnny Delaney being attacked by youths was one of the most horrific things he had ever seen.
Two 16-year-old boys are accused of murdering Johnny in a field in Ellesmere Port.
Johnny, who lived with his family at an official council-run travellers' caravan park in Oil Street, Vauxhall, died from head injuries on May 28.
He had been visiting friends who were staying on playing fields near New Grosvenor Road in Elles-mere Port.
Prosecutor Christopher Vospa QC has told the jury that the youths were with a group of teenagers and a racist remark is alleged to have been directed at Johnny and his friends at around 5.30pm.
Local resident Mr McLoughlin was walking his dog with his family when he said he noticed what he thought was a fight. Johnny ran off, but appeared to trip over and fall to the ground.
Mr McLoughlin said: "At least three of the group started kicking him, a couple stayed around his legs, but one walked up and kicked him in the back of the head.
"It was like he was trying to kick a football as far as it could go.
Mr McLoughlin said his wife, Emma, shouted at the youths to stop. He told the jury of seven men and five women that the youth replied: "He deserved it, he is only a f-----g gippo."
The two youths on trial, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, have both pleaded not guilty.