Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Gang 'Laughed' as They Walked off after 'Kicking Boy like a Ball into a Goal'

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Gang 'Laughed' as They Walked off after 'Kicking Boy like a Ball into a Goal'

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Byline: Gareth Lightfoot Court Reporter

A WOMAN told a murder trial jury how she saw a boy kicked and "stomped" on in the street.

Joan Berry said she witnessed two boys deliver kicks "like kicking a ball into a goalpost".

One stomped on a boy's head then proudly walked off with a laughing group, Teesside Crown Court was told yesterday.

Mrs Berry gave evidence at the trial of seven teenagers who all deny the murder of Shane Tunney.

They also deny attempting to cause grievous bodily harm to Mr Tunney's friend Anthony Kirk on June 27 last year.

They are accused of a brutal "pack attack" on Mr Tunney, 24, leading to his death weeks later.

Mrs Berry said she was woken by noise, "shouting and arguments", and saw a crowd of about eight boys outside her home at 2am.

She told how two boys attacked a young man in a white T-shirt.

She said the young man backed away and tried to run, but was grabbed and pulled to the ground.

"They got him on the ground. He curled himself into a ball and they just kicked him. They just kept kicking at him.

"It wasn't just a little kick. They were really kicking hard. It was like kicking a ball into a goalpost.

"I could hear the kicks landing on his body. It was more than five times each. There was one on each side."

She told how one boy moved away then the other "got another couple of kicks in".

"And then before he left he lifted his foot up and he stomped on the boy's head.

"He was quite proud of what he'd done. You could see that in the way he walked away."

She said others were in a group by a nearby wall: "They were laughing. They thought it was funny."

The group disappeared up an alley, then the attack victim got up from the ground, she added.

"He held his hands out as if to say: 'What was that all about? …

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