Kettering manslaughter trial: Bar fight ‘led to fatal street brawl’

Police in Barnwell Street the day after the incident
Police in Barnwell Street the day after the incident

The jury at the trial of a man charged with killing a 41-year-old in a late-night street fight in Kettering has heard that the death followed a brawl a month earlier.

Marc Sturgess died six weeks after he was knocked unconscious during a fight in Barnwell Street on the evening of June 1, 2013.

Mr Sturgess died six weeks after the incident.

Since then, Kettering man Jake Freeland, 28, has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

However, Ryan Turner, 19, of Poppy Fields in Kettering, is also alleged to have taken part in the fight and is currently facing trial at Northampton Crown Court, where he denies manslaughter.

Two other men, Barry Denney, 43, of Edgar Road, and Jason Loake, 44, of St Matthew’s Road, are also on trial facing charges of violent disorder relating to the same incident.

On Monday, prosecution barrister Luke Blackburn said the origin of the fight was an incident in Mojo’s bar in Kettering, when Ryan Turner’s brother Josh and Loake had a fight which left Loake with an injured hand.

Mr Blackburn said that fight led to Loake, Denney and Mr Sturgess turning up at the home of Josh Turner a month later.

However, several of Josh Turner’s friends and his brother Ryan also arrived at the scene.

Mr Blackburn said Mr Sturgess was attacked by Ryan Turner and Jake Freeland.

The attack is said to have left Mr Sturgess unconscious and ultimately led to his death.

On Tuesday witness Zoe Wilmott, a barmaid at the former Challenge Arms said on the night of the incident a group of four or five men arrived at the pub and two of them went inside, one of who said he was looking for Josh Turner.

She added as they were leaving she heard the other man say he knew Josh lived in Barnwell Street.

Another witness, Joe Rogers, appeared in court on Tuesday.

He told police the day after the incident that he had seen Ryan Turner “go to kick” Mr Sturgess, but in court said he had only assumed Ryan had kicked Mr Sturgess.

The trial continues.