Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'I Had Never Reacted like That Before' Says Murder Accused

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'I Had Never Reacted like That Before' Says Murder Accused

Article excerpt

MURDER accused Karl Pascoe has told a jury he never intended to cause the injuries which led to a stranger's death.

The soldier, giving evidence during his Newcastle Crown Court trial, claimed he was only defending himself when he crossed paths with Joseph Leech two days before Christmas in 2013.

The 31-year-old, of Striding Edge, Blackfell, in Washington, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr Leech, who died 16 months after Pascoe allegedly beat him several times over the head with a plank of wood.

The court has already heard how Pascoe was walking home with his girlfriend after a night out drinking when he spotted Mr Leech on the other side of the road carrying the piece of wood near his home.

Prosecutors allege Pascoe went across the road to confront him and, during the argument which blew up, he took the plank from Mr Leech and battered him over the head with it, leaving him unconscious face-down in the road with life-threatening head and brain injuries. …

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