David Walsh murder trial: Witness describes Sunderland dad's back lane death

David Walsh
David Walsh

A shocked witness has told jurors of the horrifying scene where a dad was murdered in a back lane near her home.

The woman had been disturbed when she heard a "commotion" outside her window and came outside to an episode of brutal violence that left David Walsh dead from horrific injuries.

Newcastle Crown Court heard Mr Walsh, known as Boff, died from blood loss as a result of multiple injuries after a savage beating by an armed mob carrying an "assortment" of weapons.

The 45-year-old had gone to the lane between Canon Cockin Street and Fuller Road, in Hendon, Sunderland, with his son Kyle Walsh after they heard his other son, David, had been attacked last November 20.

A neighbour living close to the scene came out of her house when she heard "scuffling" and saw a number of men involved in fighting.

She told jurors that during the trouble, she realise Mr Walsh had suffered catastrophic injuries.

During a recorded interview with detectives, which was played in court, the woman said: "I was saying 'he's dead, he's dead, I was shouting 'Kyle, your dad's dead'."

The woman said she was screaming at the scene and asking for help.

She added: "I hit the floor, I did shout, I shouted 'they've killed your dad'."

The woman said she rang 999 and passed her phone to Mr Walsh's son, Kyle.

She added: "He was saying 'just hurry up', he was irate on the phone.

"He was shouting 'hurry up man, my dad is dying'."

Raymond Brown, 37, of Canon Cockin Street, who was seen by a different witness to plunge a knife into Mr Walsh "26 to 27 times" has pleaded guilty to murder and violent disorder.

Charles Lamont, 40, of Villette Road, his son Dalton Barnett, 19, of Fuller Road and Patrick Duggan, 19, of Palmstead Place, all in Sunderland, continue to deny murder and violent disorder and are being tried by a jury.

The trial continues.