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Liam Holden death: Owen and Ryan Wood deny Grays murder

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

A "gentle giant" fatally injured in a street fight was in the "wrong place at the wrong time", a jury has heard.

Liam Holden, 35, from 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.

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

In his closing speech, Andrew Jackson, prosecuting, told how Mr Holden "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.

Ms Patient, said Mr Jackson, had not only had to endure the "appalling and traumatic experience" of watching her partner "violently killed" but had also had to tell her 11-year-old son his father was dead and give evidence in court.

The trial continues.

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