A witness today told a court he was left feeling sickened after witnessing a ‘brutal’ assault outside a block of flats in Telford on a man who died 18 months later.
Jermaine Reynolds told a jury at Stafford Crown Court he saw defenceless victim Ismaaeel Rehman being ‘beaten up’ on the floor by Jason Noto and Robert Jones, a man who he only knew as ‘Tyson’.
He said he saw at least one baseball bat being used and also described the pair repeatedly kicking and stamping on the victim while he lay on the ground.
Rehman suffered serious head injuries in the assault outside Noto’s flat in Powis Place, Dawley Bank, in the early hours of July 17, 2009.
The 24-year-old victim, from Dudley, was treated in intensive care and is believed to have developed epilepsy as a result of the attack. He died on New Year’s Day last year after suffering a seizure at a relative’s home.
Noto, 24, and Jones, also 24, of Webb Crescent, Dawley, both deny murder.
Mr Reynolds said he witnessed the attack from the balcony of his girlfriend Nicole Novak’s flat, directly opposite Noto’s. He told the court he later went down to the two men to try and get them to stop.
“He (Rehman) was just getting beaten up,” Mr Reynolds said. “It was pretty brutal. He was getting hit with a bat and there was punching and kicking.
“I went downstairs. I said ‘calm down, stop’. But they were too deep in rage to listen to anything I was saying.”
Mr Andrew O’Byrne, prosecuting, asked Mr Reynolds how he felt after witnessing the attack.
He said: “I just felt sick. I didn’t think Jason or Tyson were capable of doing something like that.”
Mr Reynolds told the court Rehman, who he said was completely covered in blood around his face, got up and was ‘stumbling around’.
The trial continues.