Marine's fatal fight was over in a second

2014-09-10 21:08
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Durban - In the split second it took a man to turn around to investigate the commotion behind him, former Royal Marine Brett Williams was beaten to death, the Durban Regional Court was told on Wednesday.

"I heard a commotion behind me. I turned around and it was all over. I saw the deceased lying on the floor. He was lying on his back," said Cameron Hamilton.

Hamilton was giving evidence in the trial of Blayne Shepard, 23, his brother Kyle, 25, Andries van der Merwe, 23, and Dustin van Wyk, 23, who 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 23 March last year, after the Sharks beat the Melbourne Rebels in a Super Rugby match.

"I didn't see the fight," said Hamilton, who had rushed to help a paramedic, who was a friend of his.

Hamilton said the paramedic, Derrick Banks, asked him to retrieve an oxygen tank and a defibrillator from the ambulance.

"And then I ran to the ambulance. I got the oxygen, but I couldn't find the defibrillator. I ran back."

He told the court he held the drip while the paramedic tried to revive Williams. He said advanced paramedics were called, but they too could not revive Williams.

Hamilton, who attended school with Kyle Shepard, said that earlier in the evening he met up with the Shepard brothers and their parents in a bar at the stadium.

After the match they and a number of other friends and associates proceeded to the Rovers bar.

It was then decided to head to the Rocca Bar nightclub in Umgeni Road, Durban.

He said that while they were leaving Rovers, he had to intervene in an altercation between his younger brother Ross and Kyle Shepard.

"They were playing around and it got serious. Then they sorted it out. I did speak to both of them and told them to relax and that we were friends. And that was that."

Moments later, while he was walking with the Shepard brothers, they were told that Blayne Shepard's friend Grant Cramer was in a fight.

"Accused one and two [the Shepard brothers] ran and I followed behind." By the time they arrived, Williams was lying on his back being attended to by Banks.

"The deceased got up. I said [to him] he's had his fight and they must go their separate ways," said Hamilton, also admitting that he did not see Williams' fight with Cramer.

"I just turned around and started walking," he said.

It was then that he heard the commotion and that by the time he turned around it was all over.

"I was there, but I didn't see what happened," he said.

The trial continues.

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