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Liam Holden death: Jury considers Owen and Ryan Wood verdict

Google Street view of the car park where the attack took place
Image caption Liam Holden was injured in a car park area near Morrisons supermarket on London Road in Grays

The jury in the trial of two brothers accused murdering of a "gentle giant" has retired to consider its verdict.

Liam Holden, 35, of Grays, died of a head injury suffered in a car park off London Road in Grays on 10 March.

Owen Wood, 24, and his 21-year-old brother Ryan, both of Godman Road, Grays, deny murder and are on trial at Chelmsford Crown Court.

Owen Wood told the jury he was acting in self-defence. Ryan Wood did not give evidence.

During the trial, the jury heard Mr Holden was followed by the brothers as he left a nightclub.

It is then alleged he was punched to the head before he was repeatedly kicked.

Owen Wood told the jury he had been hit by Mr Holden's partner of 15 years Mandy Patient before he ended up in the fight with Mr Holden.

The jury was told Mr Holden, who worked in building security, "did not particularly like going out and spending time in nightclubs".

On the night he was fatally injured, he was out with Ms Patient to celebrate a friend's birthday.

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