TWO men accused of murdering Brockholes dad John Collins assaulted another neighbour seconds before the killing.

Defendants Christopher Burton and Douglas Stephen launched a drunken, unprovoked attack on neighbour Scott Wade, a jury at Bradford Crown Court heard yesterday.

Mr Collins, 55, died from massive head injuries following the attack outside his home at Oakes Avenue last July.

Burton and Stephen, both 29, from Oakes Avenue, admit Mr Collins’ manslaughter, but deny his murder.

Yesterday Mr Wade told the court Burton had approached him at his garden gate and said: “You need a good beating.”

Liverpudlian Stephen – also known as Scouser – then began punching him in the stomach before Burton followed him up the garden path and punched him in the back.

When Burton and Stephen spotted Mr Collins coming out of his house the pair left Mr Wade’s property.

Mr Wade told the jury he then saw Burton punch Mr Collins to the ground.

Dad-of-three Mr Wade said: “I went into the house because I was scared.”

Tom Bayliss, prosecuting, asked: “Had you given them any reason to want to hit you?”

Mr Wade replied: “No.”

Mr Bayliss: “Had Mr Collins given them any reason to hit him?”

Mr Wade: “No. He just came out of his path. He didn’t look over or say owt.”

Shortly after the fatal attack on Mr Collins, Burton and Stephen came knocking at Mr Wade’s door and demanded he take them to Newsome.

Mr Wade said: “Chris told me if I didn’t drive them away I would be next. I was shaking like a leaf ... I was fearing for my family’s life.”

The court also heard from neighbour Shirley Roberts.

Ms Roberts told the jury she had seen Burton and Stephen both repeatedly stamp on Mr Collins as he tried to protect his face with his hands.

She told the jury: “I remember him curled up in a ball ... he was getting stamped on.”

Mr Bayliss: “Who by?”

Ms Roberts: “Scouser (Stephen).”

Mr Bayliss: “Was it once or more than once?”

Ms Roberts: “He stamped on him more than once.”

Mr Bayliss: “And with Christopher Burton?”

Ms Roberts: “More than once.”

Under cross-examination Ms Roberts admitted she had poor vision.

Proceeding.