Leeds & West Yorkshire

Fan died 'after being punched outside pub'

Robert Wilson
Robert Wilson, 44, died at Leeds General Infirmary 11 days after the incident

A football fan died after he was knocked out by a single punch following England's first 2010 World Cup match, a court has heard.

A jury was shown CCTV footage of Robert Wilson, 44, falling to the ground outside a Leeds bar on 12 June.

The court heard Mr Wilson died in hospital 11 days later.

Christopher Perry, 25, from Shadwell Walk, Leeds, denies one charge of manslaughter and is on trial at the city's crown court.

The incident happened outside the Skyrack bar on the evening of 12 June, following England's 1-1 draw with the United States.

Prosecutor Jonathan Sharp said Mr Wilson had fractured his skull when he hit the ground.

'Hard punch'

He said a brief scuffle involving Mr Perry's group of friends had developed in the pub's beer garden as they left.

CCTV footage showed the group cross the road outside.

Mr Sharp said Mr Wilson had followed the group and had started shouting things like "let's finish this" and "bring it on" at Mr Perry.

Mr Sharp said Mr Wilson was "no doubt annoying" and "aggravating", but that was no excuse for what had happened next.

He added: "Mr Perry was some distance away from Mr Wilson and so were his friends.

"If Mr Perry had felt threatened by Mr Wilson all he to do was get into the car and drive off.

'Self-defence' claim

"Instead he turned towards Mr Wilson, waited for a car to pass, crossed over and delivered a hard punch.

"There was no need for him to return to Mr Wilson at all nor was there any need, in all the circumstances, to hit him so hard that Mr Wilson was knocked to the ground and fractured his skull."

The court heard Mr Perry, who had watched the match at the nearby Headingley cricket ground, told police he was acting in self defence by pre-empting an attack from Mr Wilson.

"It was not self-defence. It was a straightforward assault," Mr Sharp said.

The trial continues.

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