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OAP nutter attacked me', says man in dock

PUBLISHED: 13:13 18 March 2010 | UPDATED: 17:42 25 August 2010

A MAN accused of killing a pensioner with a single punch claimed that the victim had attacked him with a bottle like a nutter .

A MAN accused of killing a pensioner with a single punch claimed that the victim had attacked him with a bottle like a 'nutter'.

Billy Williams, 24, of Luddesdon Road, Erith, who denies manslaughter, is accused of hitting chronic alcoholic Charles Campbell, 64, because he did not show him 'respect'.

The victim fell over a low wall by a bus stop and suffered fatal brain injuries when he hit his head on September 28, last year.

Appearing in court on Tuesday, Mr Williams said Mr Campbell had taken the bottle from one of his friends as they sat drinking in the street in Bexley Road, Erith. He said: "He came at me with the bottle in his hand. The man looked like a nutter. I thought 'I'm going to have to do something here.'

"I felt threatened. Really threatened. I thought he was going to hit me with it.

"I saw him fall backwards, I saw him stagger, that was it. I didn't actually see him fall. He looked a bit of a nutcase and he was drunk. I don't want to be a murderer. I didn't punch him hard. It must have been because he was drunk."

Prosecutors claim a row broke out over a drink and Mr Campbell was punched when he said "who the f*** are you talking to".

The trial continues.

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