Man died in kebab shop in Dartford 'after fight'

Ben Mahoney
Image caption Ben Mahoney died in the kebab shop in Dartford on 12 April

A man died in a kebab shop in Dartford after getting involved in a fight with a customer who was being aggressive, a court has heard.

Ben Mahoney, 30, died of a haemorrhage in the eatery in East Hill on 12 April.

His friend Billy Cheetham told Maidstone Crown Court that Mr Mahoney was repeatedly hit by a man he had confronted and then punched for shouting in the takeaway.

Edward Ives, 29, of Gregory's Crescent, Gravesend, denies manslaughter.

Mr Cheetham told the court he had been drinking in the Woodman pub with Mr Mahoney before they went to the kebab shop at about 23:30 BST.

He said Mr Ives came into the shop and shouted that he wanted his kebab. He slammed a can of beer on a table, Mr Cheetham said.

Mr Mahoney told Mr Ives to calm down but then took his glasses off and punched him, the court heard.

Mr Ives retaliated and punched Mr Mahoney several times, jurors were told.

Mr Mahoney collapsed and died at the scene.

The trial continues.

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