Attack scene was ‘surreal’

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THE friend of a man accused of beating his neighbour to death told police of the ‘surreal’ experience of finding him cleaning up blood after the violent attack, a court heard.

Steven Green, aged 38, punched and kicked 62-year-old Ronald Harding until he was ‘bloody and senseless’ on the second floor landing of a block of flats on Skelton Way, Woodhouse, Sheffield.

Green then allegedly dragged Mr Harding, who lived opposite, back into his own flat to die.

In a police interview shown to jurors at Sheffield Crown Court, Kevin Truelove, 29, of Handsworth, said he knew Green as they both attended a local mental health drop-in group.

Mr Truelove said he visited Green’s flat on November 5 last year. He initially received no answer when he pressed the buzzer to get into the flats but was eventually let in.

Kevin said: “He was there and he was on the stairs, cleaning bits of blood and stuff up outside his house.

“He said he’d had a fight with his neighbour.”

Green then threatened him, Kevin told officers.

“He came up to me, towering over me. He said, ‘You mention one word about this and I’m going to kill you’. It did my head in.”

Mr Truelove described Green as a ‘big, powerful bloke’ and said his friend had been ill in the days before the incident and had even attempted suicide.

Green suffers from recurrent depressive disorder, the court heard. He admits manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility but denies murder.

Keven said: “His mood was bouncing about.”

Jurors heard the attack was sparked after Green and Mr Harding argued in The Royal pub, in Woodhouse.

The trial continues.