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Alcoholic denies role in Lowestoft killing

PUBLISHED: 07:44 15 October 2009 | UPDATED: 14:39 06 July 2010

An alcoholic who handed over to police a pair of blood-spattered training shoes allegedly belonging to 23-year-old man accused of murdering a terminally ill Suffolk man yesterday denied that he had been involved in the vicious attack.

An alcoholic who handed over to police a pair of blood-spattered training shoes allegedly belonging to a 23-year-old man accused of murdering a terminally ill Suffolk man denied yesterday that he had been involved in the vicious attack.

Brendan Dolan told a jury at Ipswich Crown Court that he had initially been arrested by police on suspicion of murdering 55-year-old John Vry but had later been released.

He said that on his release he had gone to a house in Denmark Road, Lowestoft, and had been shown a pair of blood-spattered training shoes which he recognised as belonging to 23-year-old James Killingback who is accused of murdering Mr Vry.

Mr Dolan, 23, said he had put the training shoes into individual plastic bags and had arranged to hand them over to the police.

He told the court that he had known Killingback for between one and two years and in the past they had worn each other's clothes and trainers.

Cross-examined by Killingback's barrister Stephen Harvey, Mr Dolan denied that he knew more about the attack on Mr Vry than he was prepared to say.

Asked by Mr Harvey if he was involved in the attack on Mr Vry, Mr Dolan replied: "No".

He also denied a suggestion that he had attacked Mr Vry while wearing the trainers the court had heard about or that he had been present when Mr Vry was attacked by someone wearing the trainers.

"You know it wasn't James Killingback - it was either you or someone else," said Mr Harvey, to which Mr Dolan replied: "How do I know that, if they are James Killingback's trainers?"

Killingback, of Denmark Road, Lowestoft, and a 17-year-old youth, who cannot be identified because of his age, have denied murdering Mr Vry in December last year.

It has been alleged that the defendants kicked Mr Vry to death after dragging him into an alleyway.

Mr Vry, who was suffering from cancer, was seen holding on to a lamppost at the entrance of the alleyway trying to resist the men shortly before he was allegedly subjected to a violent attack during which he received repeated blows to his head.

Mr Vry, who was married with three children, had been given a life expectancy of between three and six months by doctors last summer and by the time of the alleged attack on December 3 he was "plainly not a strong man", said Karim Khalil, prosecuting.

Mr Vry was taken to hospital but died from his injuries the following day.

A post-mortem examination found that he had suffered a severe head injury which had caused brain damage and bleeding around the brain.

Also giving evidence yesterday was a 16-year-old girl who claimed that Killingback had asked her to give him a false alibi.

The girl said that Killingback had contacted her on her mobile phone in the early hours of December 4 and asked her if she would say she had been with him all night.

She said she would say that but had hung up on him when he had started asking questions about her room. "I wasn't very pleased with what he was asking," she said.

The trial continues today.

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