Man attacked watching Love Island ‘died after punch’ from ‘road rage driver’

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A man attacked while watching Love Island died after being punched by a van driver who he clipped on his way home, a court heard.

Stephen Walsh, 37, clipped van driver Oliver Brown, 23, while driving home with his girlfriend Katie Brown, it was said.

The couple had been returning from a christening when the dad-of-two failed to stop in the minor collision in July 2018.

The pair were watching a recorded episode of Love Island when there was a knock on the door at their home in Mapperley, Nottinghamshire.

Brown had tracked down Mr Walsh and turned up at his home where he knocked him unconscious with a single punch, the court heard.

Mr Walsh, a builder, was found dead at his home the following morning.

Appearing at Nottingham Crown Court, Brown is accused of the manslaughter of Mr Walsh which he denies.

Prosecutor Ms Knight said: “He was knocked down cold and he was knocked unconscious.

“That blow was to cause Stephen Walsh’s head to effectively crack onto the ground.”

During Brown’s trial, jurors watched Miss Brown’s recorded police video interview on November 10.

In the clip, she told police there was a knock at the door when Mr Walsh “jumped up off the settee” and she “heard shouting at the front door and Stephen was lying flat out”.

“I said, ‘what have you done? What have you done?'”, Miss Brown said, adding a man there told her “he just came at me and I punched him”.

Van driver Brown, of Ingoldmells, Lincolnshire, had helped to drag Mr Walsh inside his home, went back to his van and drove off, it was said.

Miss Brown said her boyfriend then got himself off the settee, staggered to the hallway and went upstairs, jurors were told.

She slept downstairs, and later found Mr Walsh lying on the bed, drunk and covered in sweat, the court heard.

She said: “It got to about 6am. I don’t know why, I just had a funny feeling.

“I went in, he was just lying there. He was just cold so straight away I got on the phone and rang the ambulance.”

Mr Walsh was pronounced dead at the scene. His girlfriend told the court she was not counting what he had been drinking earlier that night but estimated “between eight to ten [pints].”

Prosecutor Ms Knight said Brown “remonstrated” with Mr Walsh at the front door but then struck him “hard”,to his face, knocking him directly to the ground.

She added: “He was knocked down cold and he was knocked unconscious.

“That blow was to cause Stephen Walsh’s head to effectively crack onto the ground.”

Mr Walsh sustained fractures to his head and his jaw and the injuries in due course, over a matter of hours, led to a bleed on the brain.

Ms Knight told the court this is what would “so tragically kill him in a short time span.”

Brown’s girlfriend Roseann Newton is on trial for assisting an offender between July 28, 2018, and August 3, 2018, which she denies.

The 23-year-old, of Sneinton, Nottinghamshire, allegedly deleted text messages and made false statements to police to impede the apprehension of Brown.

The court heard how Brown had pulled up outside, got out and went to the front door of Mr Walsh’s home.

Meanwhile Newton “busied herself taking a picture of Stephen Walsh’s car on the driveway with some damage to its front side”, according to the prosecution.

The trial continues