Murder accused: It was just a little kick
A TEENAGER who admitted kicking alleged murder victim Anthony McKenna in the head said he had not meant to cause him serious harm.
The defendant, who is one of two teenagers accused of Mr McKenna's murder, claimed the kicks were doled out in self defence.
SCENE: Long Road, Scunthorpe. INSET: Anthony McKenna.
The youth, know as Defendant A as he cannot be named for legal reasons, told jurors he, his co-defendant– Defendant B– and another youth were walking along Long Road when Mr McKenna started running towards him, then threw two punches, the second of which connected with his jaw.
Asked how he reacted he said: "I hit him and he didn't seem to move so I head-butted him."
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Mr McKenna fell to the ground and the youth said he kicked him in the head.
"It was just a little kick. It was not a full run-up kick. It was just a normal kick," he said.
The youth said he could not remember how many times he had kicked Mr McKenna's head, but believed there were 'no more than four blows'.
He stopped the kicks and started to walk away and it was then, he said, Defendant B became involved.
Mr Wolkind asked him: "Did you ask him to jump in?" He said he had not.
He said he did not see exactly what his co-defendant did to Mr McKenna, who was laying motionless on the ground.
But, he said: "I saw him kick him."
Mr Wolkind then asked him: "Were you part of a joint attack?"
He said he was not and had not intended to cause Mr McKenna serious injury.
The youth said, after he heard about the seriousness of the assault, he decided to take his own life and cut his arm after drinking a bottle of vodka.
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