A MAN told a court how he was wary of nightclubs after being attacked previously.
Eton Brewins - accused of causing the death of Huddersfield woman Jolene Potter-Connolly - told Leeds Crown Court he had suffered from depression since the December 1997 attack.
And he admitted he was wary about visiting clubs including the one where Miss Jolene Potter-Connolly died.
He told Mr Rodney Jameson QC, prosecuting, that he had two bottles of alcopops and three Bacardi and cokes while in the club and had planned to leave his Ford Escort and return home in a taxi.
But he was then involved in a fracas in the car park which ended with the death of Miss Potter-Connolly. Brewins had produced a baton from the boot of his car during the incident.
Mr Jameson: "Do you think then it was a good idea to get the baton out?"
Brewins: "No, definitely not."
Mr Jameson: "Why?"
Brewins: "Look what's happened."
Mr Jameson also went on to quiz Brewins about the manoeuvres he made with the car during which Miss Potter-Connolly was knocked over and dragged underneath the vehicle.
Mr Jameson: "Did you look behind before you began to reverse?"
Brewins: "I can't remember.
"I assume I did because it's natural when you reverse to look over your shoulder but I don't actually remember it."
Mr Jameson: "Would you have deliberately set off backwards without looking?"
Mr Jameson: "Would you have deliberately set off backwards if you had known there was someone behind or at the side of the car where they could be caught by it?"
Mr Jameson: "Why?"
Brewins: "Because I wouldn't want to harm anybody."
Finishing his cross examination, Mr Jameson said: "Isn't the truth this Mr Brewins?
"You were thoroughly upset that night, upset and humiliated thinking you had the upper hand from producing your weapon but finding out that Mr Adams was a bit handier than you thought.
"You set off backwards with the car door open deliberately thinking that if they get knocked down it would serve them right."
The trial continues.