Marine told to go back to England

2014-09-09 20:44
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Durban - Former Royal Marine Brett Williams was told to go back to his own country moments before the assault that killed him, the Durban Regional Court heard on Tuesday.

"I said to him 'Why don't you go back to your country?' He had that accent. That English accent," Travan Martin said during the trial of four men accused of beating Williams to death.

Blayne Shepard, 23, his brother Kyle, 25, along with Andries van der Merwe, 23, and Dustin van Wyk, 23, each face a charge of murder, three of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, and one of crimen injuria.

They are accused of beating Williams to death outside Kings Park stadium on the night of March 23 last year, after the Sharks beat the Melbourne Rebels in a Super Rugby match.

Martin said that he had noticed another man, Timothy Crichton, having an argument with Williams on the fields outside the stadium.

He said that when he went to hear what the argument was about, Williams turned on him and said: "What are you going to do with those big arms?" It was then that Martin retorted that he should return to England.

After Crichton's girlfriend Jessica Brown had calmed Williams down, Martin said that it was only a few minutes later that Grant Cramer and Williams started fighting.

"I did not see what happened after that, but the next thing was that Grant had the deceased in a neck lock."

Cramer, who was a best friend and gym partner of Blayne Shepard, was initially charged with assault, but denied being part of the beating that led to Williams' death. The charges were withdrawn and he turned State witness.

Shortly after that the four accused came running. Martin said Blayne Shepard asked Cramer what was happening, but Cramer had told Shepard "it's finished now".

He said that the last he saw of Williams was that he was talking to the paramedics.

The next time he turned around there was a fight involving the four accused.

"I saw the security guards around accused one, two, three, and four. I heard the security guards calling for Saps. I didn't continue to look at the fight," said Martin.

Later that evening he, Crichton, Brown, Cramer and Cramer's girlfriend Kirsten Cooper, had left to go to the Rocca bar night club.

He later saw Blayne Shepard trying to talk to Cramer at the Rocca Bar.

"He wanted to talk, but Grant didn't want to speak to him because he was talking to Kirsten," said Martin.

The trial continues.

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