Witnesses have told a jury their accounts of the street fight which resulted in the death of Kevin Harrison.
Yesterday Luton Crown Court was told Mr Harrison, of Raunds, had deliberately barged into a young man outside a nightclub in Bedford.
It was claimed that incident led to the violence that left Mr Harrison lying in the road in St Paul’s Square.
He died in hospital a week later.
Ravi Sandhu, 24, is alleged to have thrown the punch at Mr Harrison in the early hours of Sunday, September 11.
Sandhu of Kathie Road, Bedford, denies a charge of manslaughter.
Giving evidence yesterday, Arun Gharu said that he had been out that night with a large group of his family – including Sandhu – to celebrate a cousin’s birthday.
Mr Gharu said around 3.50am he and some of the group, including Sandhu, were standing outside the Hi-Fi nightclub in High Street waiting for some of their group to leave so they could all make their way home together.
Mr Gharu said he was talking to a friend when Mr Harrison deliberately barged into him.
He said: “It didn’t seem accidental, the way he barged him – I did acknowledge he was drunk. He walked further on but then he turned around and looked at us.
“I remember saying: ‘Why did you push my friend, he is smaller than you’ and then he said: ‘What are you going to do about it?’.”
Mr Gharu said Mr Harrison then said: “Oh it’s the whole family, I’m so scared.”
He said: “I felt he was saying it in a racist manner that we were Asian.
“I noticed he walked towards Ravi.”
Mr Gharu said Mr Harrison threw a punch at Sandhu and pinched him as well.
A police officer split them up and Mr Gharu said he and the group moved off around the corner into St Paul’s Square, where they stopped by a bus stop.
He said moments later Mr Harrison walked into the square.
Mr Gharu said: “He looked directly at us and he was laughing.
“He said: ‘Oh it’s the whole family’ again and he walked towards us.”
Mr Gharu said on reaching his group, Mr Harrison was punched.
He said: “I didn’t see the full impact but I realised who had hit him.”
Mr Gharu’s brother Aman told the jury Sandhu had thrown the punch at Mr Harrison. He said: “I was shocked and scared and everybody ran off.”