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British mother faces bouncers 'who killed son' - Germany

Postby WtD_Oracle » 29 Mar 2012, 18:11

http://www.thelocal.de/society/20120329-41639.html

The family of a British man who was beaten to death in a Frankfurt nightclub last Easter were in court on Wednesday to see the four bouncers accused of the attack go on trial.

Expat Lee John Heath 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.

His mother, brother and sister sat opposite the accused as the trial began on Wednesday.

The four security personnel, aged between 20 and 36, were on duty at the "U 60311" techno club when they apparently attacked Heath early on Easter Monday morning last year.

Three are charged with manslaughter, another with failing to assist Heath as he lay on the ground.

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. As the bouncer attempted to pull the man away from the bar, he apparently fell into Heath, who had nothing to do with the row.

The bouncer then attacked Heath, and was joined by two colleagues, who until then had been standing at the door. The three men beat Heath unconscious, then carried him up the stairs to the entrance and dumped him on the pavement.

Passers-by discovered the 31-year-old Briton soon afterwards and called an ambulance, where he was resuscitated. He underwent six operations on his severely damaged internal organs in the following hours.

CCTV footage of the incident was subsequently released on Facebook.

Speaking to the Local last year, Heath's mother Marie described her son as a football fan who had moved to Germany to build a new life for himself and his long-term German girlfriend.

He was an active member of The Local's forum Toytown Germany, and an in-demand handyman who wanted to start his own business.

"Lee didn't deserve this but he fought to the end," said his mother. "I have to be his voice."

The Frankfurter Rundschau newspaper reported that the four accused did not speak during the proceedings.

The role of the youngest bouncer remains one of the biggest unknown factors in the incident.

The 20-year-old apparently did not take part in the beating itself, but the paper reported that he may have stopped other guests from intervening, and helped to carry Heath out of the club.

His defence lawyer says he was legally a minor at the time, and called for his trial to be separated from that of his co-defendants and brought before a juvenile court.

The trial is expected to last at least until June – more than 20 witnesses have been called.
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Four bouncers accused of Lee Heath's disco murder go on tria

Postby WtD_Oracle » 25 Apr 2012, 17:40

http://www.thisistotalessex.co.uk/bounc ... story.html

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.
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