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Four bouncers accused of Lee Heath's disco murder are to go on trial accused of the murder of Lee Heath.
Expat Lee died in hospital two days after the nightclub beating which left him with horrific head, neck and internal injuries. Doctors carried out a series of operations but could not save him.
On Friday his family, from Silver End, flew out for the second day of the trial of the four doormen charged with his death.
The prime suspect, a 34-year-old Greek boxer, denied any involvement in last April's attack and instead blamed his heavily tattooed colleague, a 28-year-old Turkish gang member.
The announcement was met with incredulity by his three co-defendants, who all shook their head in disbelief.
But for Lee's mother Marie, 53, a community bus driver for Essex County Council, who had flown to Frankfurt with her family, the allegation proved too much.
"I broke down and started to cry," she told the Chronicle.
"You get used to one version of events and when that changes it's difficult to take in. I just want to know how my son died."
According to state prosecutors, the incident arose at around 6:15am out of an argument between another guest at the club and one of the bouncers.
The prosecution said that Lee, a delivery driver living in Frankfurt with his German fiancee, had tried to catch the Greek bouncer after he tripped following a scuffle with another reveller at the club – a techno music venue in an old Underground station.
But the court heard that, instead of thanking Lee, the Greek, wearing black combat gloves filled with sand, started to batter slightly–built Lee.
And the prosecutor said that, on becoming aware of the fight, two other bouncers, a 28-year-old Turk and a 33-year-old German, ran to the scene and joined in.
"They pinned the victim to the floor," he said."The 33-year-old punched him twice in the face with the fist. The 28-year-old sat on him and throttled his neck and punched his face with maximum force eight times."
The Greek is said to have kicked Lee's head and neck while on the floor and threatened two witnesses who tried to intervene.
A fourth bouncer, a 20-year-old, is thought to have kept an angry crowd from intervening to protect Lee and then helped his colleagues dump an unconscious Lee outside the club.
But in court on Friday the Greek, Anathanassios G, denied any involvement in the assault. Instead he blamed his colleague, known as Omer H, a 28-year-old Turk covered in tattoos, who has appeared in a violent rap video with Frankfurt gang members.
"Omer was beside himself," said the Greek. "He was completely freaked out and he did not even seem to recognise me."
He said he had pulled the Turk off Lee, after which his colleague put on sunglasses to avoid being recognised, and ran to get Lee some water from the bar.
Today Marie and her family, son Danny, 29, a postman in Braintree, daughter Carly, a mother-of-two, and partner Brian Reeves, 60, flew to Germany for the third time and are expected to hear testimony from the Turkish doorman.
"He's going to have had all week to think about what his friend has just said," said Marie. "He's going to have to talk now."
Lee had been living and working in Frankfurt for 18 months with his girlfriend, Jessica Ems.
He worked as a delivery driver for UPS while building up a handyman business, maintaining the properties of British expats.
The trial at Frankfurt District Court is scheduled for 10 weeks, but expected to last longer.