ONE of the three men accused of chasing a Huddersfield man to his death believed he wouldn’t “get done”, a court heard.
Francis Conway, known as Frank, formerly of Berry Brow, died after being hit by a recovery truck as he fled three armed men in the early hours of June 22 last year.
Caleb Coleman, 21, Wayne Lee, 22, and 18-year-old Jamie Nichols are all standing trial accused of manslaughter. The Bradford men all deny the charge.
It is alleged that they chased the former King James’ Grammar School pupil to his death when they were armed with what looked like a pickaxe handle.
Witness Craig Booth had been smoking cannabis with the three men in the early hours of June 22. He was initially arrested in connection with the incident but later released without charge.
Giving evidence, Mr Booth, of Canal Road in Bradford, where the incident occurred, said: “About six months ago I bumped into Caleb Coleman. He asked me if I was still connected with the thing that happened to Frank Conway.
“I said yes and he turned round to me and said “Oh good, I won’t get done for anything”.
“He then said “I did it, I actually chased him”.
“With Caleb Coleman you don’t actually know whether he’s lying or telling the truth. I told him to tell the truth (to the police) because at the time I had been arrested for it, but he said “no, I can’t do that”.
“I walked off feeling pretty upset.”
Just hours before Mr Conway was hit by the truck, Mr Booth, Coleman, Lee and Nichols were all sat in Lee’s Renault Clio car where cannabis was being smoked by Mr Booth and Lee.
Under cross examination by Stephen Wood for Coleman, Mr Booth accepted that he lied to the police about his own movements that night, saying he “was scared”.
Mr Wood said: “On September 28 2008, a little over a week ago, I suggest that you came up with a new account of going outside in the car and seeing these people.
“You’re lying when you say that Caleb Coleman was in the car that night.”
Mr Booth replied: “I wasn’t lying.”
The jury of four women and eight men previously heard that 33-year-old Frank Conway was on Canal Road attempting to retrieve a letter from a post box he had posted to his ex-girlfriend.
He and a friend had attempted to set fire to the post box and were seen by Mr Booth, whose bedroom looked out onto the street.
Mr Booth had a brief discussion with Mr Conway at around 10pm and told him to come back when the postman was collecting the letters.
But hours later he was hit by the recovery truck and died at Leeds General Infirmary hours later of a severe brain injury. The trial at Bradford Crown Court continues.