Mansfield murder case student: I never meant to hurt him
A STUDENT accused of murder aimed a kick at the man who died but did not want to hurt him, a court heard.
Andrej Novakov, 19, of Kipling Street, Mansfield, told a jury at Nottingham Crown Court that he could not remember if his kick connected with Jonathan Turner.
Novakov is on trial for murdering Mr Turner in Mansfield along with Bragdas Kilic and Vjaceslavs Solovjos.
Kilic said Mr Turner had shouted "Poland is that way", and "go back to your own country" as he and friends were leaving the Vibe pub in Stockwell Gate last May.
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Kilic said that as he turned around, Mr Turner was shouting "come on, come on" at him, asking for a fight.
The court heard yesterday that Novakov had been walking home after a night out drinking.
He then saw some friends outside the Vibe, who were with the two co-accused, before the fight started.
"I heard someone shout, 'that way', said Novakov. "I can't remember what he said exactly."
Kilic and Solovjos moved toward Mr Turner.
"I saw Kilic was fighting with a man," said Novakov. "I saw Solovjos being pulled by his sister. His sister was holding him."
Novakov, who was studying to be a bricklayer at Nottingham's former Castle College, said he stood watching.
John King, defending Novakov, said that at one point Mr Turner was seen to break free from the first part of the fight.
He said: "He runs across the road to the other side of Stockwell Gate and Kilic can be seen chasing after him. About 30 seconds after you are first seen on CCTV, you are then seen and it looks very much like you are aiming a kick at Mr Turner?"
Novakov agreed he aimed the one kick, then gradually moved away.
At the time he kicked him, he did not think that one of the others might come along and deliver a serious kick to Mr Turner.
Novakov said he did not see this kick but he heard a noise like a clap, the court heard.
Mr King asked: "After you heard that noise, where was Mr Turner then?"
Novakov replied: "He went on the floor. He stopped moving."
The court has previously heard that the attack, which happened shortly before 4am on Saturday, May 7, 2011, ruptured an artery near Mr Turner's brain.
Mr Turner, 27, of Forest Town, was resuscitated but never regained consciousness.
Lithuanian-born Novakov was seen on CCTV looking at Mr Turner on the ground.
Novakov said he thought "something had happened to him [Mr Turner] seriously".
He was arrested after he got a telephone call from his mother telling him police were looking for him.
Mr King asked: "During that brief moment that you were involved, aiming a kick, did you ever think, I want to hurt this man and cause him serious harm?"
Novakov replied: "No".
Mr King asked him how he felt about it now.
He said: "Horrible."
He added: "I let down my family. I'm really sorry to the Turner family that he died. I never thought he'd die."
Novakov, Kilic, 22, of Westfield Lane, Mansfield and Solovjos, 22, of Terrace Road, Mansfield, all deny murder.
The case continues.