Dad killed after night club brawl

PUBLISHED: 14:46 13 November 2008 | UPDATED: 15:40 25 August 2010

A FATHER-of-one bled to death after his neck was slashed with a broken wine bottle in a drunken street brawl, the Old Bailey heard.

A FATHER-of-one bled to death after his neck was slashed with a broken wine bottle in a drunken street brawl, the Old Bailey heard.

Barry Hammond, 27, was murdered after his friends got into a fight with a rival group outside TJ's night club in Woolwich, it is claimed.

CCTV captured part of the mass scuffle, but did not record the fatal blow in the early hours of April 28 this year.

It is claimed Pepe Beaumont, 21, of Caletock Way, Greenwich, Joseph 'Danny' Wright, 24, of Fennel Street, Woolwich and Kerdon Wright, 22, of Spearman Street, Woolwich all took part in the attack on the victim.

Jurors heard, last Friday, Mr Hammond, of Walmer Terrace, Plumstead, had spent the night of his death drinking with friends.

As his group left TJs they were confronted by Beaumont and his friends, who had also been at the club, it was alleged.

Prosecutor Peter Clarke QC said: "He was attacked from behind and to the left side in a stabbing motion, which was drawn across the neck, almost certainly involving a sweeping action and a deep incision.

"The wound severed the subclavian artery that takes the blood from the heart."

Mr Hammond collapsed with blood spurting from the injury.

A post-mortem revealed the artery had been sliced in two places and a shard of glass was found in the wound.

Police were later able to recreate the murder weapon, a 20cl bottle of wine, pieces of the bottle found at the scene.

Beaumont was arrested at the scene after officers found him agitated, swearing and complaining that he had been punched in the face.

Blood was found on his right training shoe and on the front and back of his black vest top.

Scientists also found the DNA of Kerdon Wright on the open end of the bottle under the screw cap.

Mr Clarke said: "We say it is right the person wielding that death weapon is Kerdon Wright."

An eyewitness said the killer was 6ft, wearing combat shorts and Jamaican dreadlocks - which is consistent with the description of Kerdon Wright.

They all deny murder and Kerdon Wright and Joseph Wright deny violent disorder.

The trial continues.

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