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Murder accused went back to see if Reece Cox was ‘OK’ after fatal pub brawl, court told


One of six men accused of murdering a young dad in a brawl outside a pub went back to check on the victim, a court was told.

A jury at Wolverhampton Crown Court was told Shaquel Halliday returned to see how Reece Cox was doing after the victim was knocked unconscious during a fight outside The Clifton pub in Sedgley on August 15, 2020.

Halliday, of Shadwell Drive, Lower Gornal, said he confronted the 24-year-old after hearing a commotion involving Mr Cox’s friend, Grant Danbury.

The 22-year-old claimed Mr Cox threatened his friends by saying: ‘I will take you all on’ before calling him a ‘skinny p****’.

“He raised his arm to me and I pushed him away,” Halliday said. “I did not want a fight to start.

“But I felt someone grab me by the shirt and felt a blow to the face.”

He went on: “I was shocked – I was seeing stars. My hat was knocked off so I went to see where it went.”

The 22-year-old said he ‘stupidly’ kicked out at the young dad, with the incident recorded on CCTV, after thinking he could be ‘attacked again’.

He continued: “I did not know what had happened. I thought he may attack me again and I very stupidly kicked out.”



Halliday said he was pulled away from the situation and was asked by Wayne Burke if he was ‘OK’ – but did not know what had fully happened.

During cross-examination with prosecutor Mr David Mason QC, the accused told the court he went back to the scene.

“I saw people around him,” he said. “He was in the recovery position and I heard someone had phoned for an ambulance. I just wanted to know if he was OK and he wasn’t seriously injured.”

Halliday then described leaving with a friend to go to a BP petrol station, then to his friend Brandon Wells’ house.

Adam Ashwin, 20, of Monument Lane, Sedgley, denies murder.

Burke, 23, of Queens Street, Pensnett; Shane Jones, 26, of Orchard Grove, Lower Gornal; Ryan Nicklin, 22, of Limes Avenue, Pensnett; and Sebastian Jones, 19, of Corser Street, Dudley, deny murder, manslaughter, assault actioning actual bodily harm and violent disorder.

The trial continues.





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