The neighbour of an alleged murder victim saw his body through the open front door of the home he shared with an elderly man, a jury at Nottingham Crown Court has heard.
Christopher Goodwin, 27, of Mill Street, Ilkeston, had walked from his house to the corner of Canal Street, where the alleged murder victim, Mick Moss, lived.
Dad-of-six Mr Moss was allegedly beaten on the orders of ex-partner Collette Booth and her son, Alan Chapman, after the breakdown of Booth’s and Mr Moss’s relationship.
A text from Booth to father-of-six Mr Moss the day before the murder said: “I can’t stand you, you make me feel sick. You disgust me.”
Booth, 47, of Mill Street, Ilkeston, and 27-year-old Chapman, of Bath Street, Derby, are accused of the murder of Mick Moss.
Jamie Elliott, 27, of North Street, Alfreton, and Nathan Hall, 24, of Birchwood Lane, Somercotes, are also charged with murder on January 30. All four deny the charges.
Giving evidence, Mr Goodwin told the court that he went to see his partner’s uncle was well and saw him standing on the corner of his street. He noticed an open door at a house and could see somebody on the floor.
Peter Joyce QC, prosecuting, asked if he heard anything said to the man on the floor. Mr Goodwin, who did not know Mr Moss, told him he was being asked if he was “all right” and “wake up”.
Earlier, Mr Goodwin claimed he had seen car lights pass by from a downstairs window and a car pull up and doors shut. Two men dressed in black walked down Mill Street into Canal Street, the court heard.
“What did you hear next?” asked Mr Joyce. “Two or three bangs,” replied Mr Goodwin. “It sounded like someone kicking a door or something.”
Mr Moss was allegedly beaten to death just before 9pm. The prosecution say he was attacked in the front room of the house where he was looking after the elderly occupant, who was in hospital at the time of the death.
Mr Joyce told the jury Booth had previously cared for the elderly man with whom Mr Moss lived. She had also been in a relationship with Mr Moss.
The trial is continuing.