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Man denies murder

PUBLISHED: 11:00 22 May 2008 | UPDATED: 20:26 05 July 2010

A man accused of murdering an ex seaman claims the victim's head injuries were caused by another man.

Daniel Gorman, 22, admitted to a jury at Ipswich Crown Court that he had punched 57-year-old Edward Nelson in the face four times and kicked him twice in the ribs after being told he was a child molester - an accusation which, the court heard, was completely unfounded.

A man accused of murdering an ex seaman claims the victim's head injuries were caused by another man.

Daniel Gorman, 22, admitted to a jury at Ipswich Crown Court that he had punched 57-year-old Edward Nelson in the face four times and kicked him twice in the ribs after being told he was a child molester - an accusation which, the court heard, was completely unfounded.

Gorman said that as he was being pulled away from Mr Nelson by a friend he looked back and saw Mark “Bomber” Harris jumping up and down on Mr Nelson's head.

He said: “He kept grabbing his head and then pushing him back down again and then kicking him. He was jumping up and down on Edward Nelson's head. He scared me because I'd never seen anything like that in my life.”

Gorman, formerly of Normanston Drive, Lowestoft, denies murder.

The court has heard that Mr Nelson, an alcoholic, was left in a persistent vegetative state in Septem-ber 2003 after an attack which left him unconscious in his flat in London Road South, Lowestoft. It has been alleged that Mr Nelson was kicked and punched by Gorman and Mark Harris, 37.

The court heard that between the alleged attack and Mr Nelson's death Gorman and Harris, who was living at Lindhurst Road, Lowestoft, went on trial accused of inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent. Harris was found not guilty on the direction of the judge but admitted assaulting Mr Nelson causing him actual bodily harm and was jailed for 30 months.

Gorman was found guilty of inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent, but was rearrested and charged with murder after Mr Nelson's death in June 2006 from pneumonia brought on by his persistent vegetative state.

Giving evidence yesterday, Gorman said Harris had started talking about wanting to really hurt Mr Nelson because he thought he was a child molester. The court heard there was no evidence that this was the case.

The trial continues.


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