Clubber witnessed bar fight that killed 26-year-old dad

Thomas Gower - killed in attack outside Alibi bar in sheffield city centre on December 18, 2010
Thomas Gower - killed in attack outside Alibi bar in sheffield city centre on December 18, 2010
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A WOMAN who allegedly saw a boxer knock a man out in Sheffield city centre, minutes before he killed a dad with a single punch, told a court he was ‘not concerned’ after hitting his first victim.

Bradley Hinkler, aged 20, is accused of murdering 26-year-old Thomas Gower by dealing him a fatal blow near the Alibi bar at the junction of Trippet Lane and Holly Street.

Jurors at Sheffield Crown Court were told that Hinkler threw a right hook at Mr Gower from behind, shortly after knocking out his friend, Richard Howard.

Richard believed the amateur boxer was also responsible for injuring two of his pals in a brawl inside Alibi.

Gail Redgate, who was waiting in a queue outside Alibi on December 18 last year, told the court she heard a punching noise and saw a man holding his fists up.

She said: “I heard a noise of a punch, like a crack, and saw a man drop to the floor.”

Gail said the man who threw the punch was standing ‘in a boxer stance’ and that his victim had fallen unconscious.

“He was like a dead weight,” she added.

“The other man said something like ‘That’s what I’m talking about’.

“I think he said it more than once. He was quite agitated, not concerned. He didn’t appear to be frightened.”

Gail said the victim was dragged out of the road by one of his friends, still out cold, before his attacker returned.

“He was bleeding from his nose. The man came back – he was aggressive, as if he was going to kick him. He walked straight through us all and went to kick him in the head.”

She said she later saw another man lying on the ground at the bottom of the street as she entered Alibi.

“There was a lady holding his head and a couple of people stood with him,” she said.

But Nicholas Rhodes QC, defending, told Gail: “You didn’t see who struck the blow. It was a fast incident.”

The court heard Gail’s friend Rafia Jones took a photo of the number plate of Hinkler’s friend’s silver Jaguar with her mobile phone before they left the scene.

Mr Gower died in hospital on Boxing Day, more than a week after the attack.

He had suffered a fractured skull and eye socket, a broken jaw and severe brain swelling.

Hinkler claims he acted in self-defence because Richard was holding a bottle and he believed Gower was going to get a knife.

Hinkler denies causing GBH with intent and murder.

The trial continues.