Man dies days after ‘being stamped on’
Ambulance crew tells court a shoe imprint was found on his back
A MAN was stamped on during a fight that led to his death three days later, a court was told.
Paul Davidson, 69, suffered fractured ribs that punctured his lungs and abdomen following the row in Market Place, Chalfont St Peter.
Odysseas Vafiadis has been charged with murder and manslaughter. He has pleaded not guilty to both charges.
Kristina Waldock was part of the ambulance crew that arrived at the scene last November and said: “Looking at the pa- tient from where I was I saw this shoe mark on him and it looked like he had been stamped on.”
She added: “You could see the treads imprinted into Paul’s back.”
Giving evidence to the jury at Reading Crown Court on Friday September 9, Mark Kerr, ambulance technician, said: “On his back he had what appeared to be an imprint from a boot or shoe.”
It is alleged that Vafiadis, of Birchdale, Gerrards Cross, murdered Mr Davidson in a fit of rage at the crossing in November last year. The two got into a fight when Vafiadis stopped his car to let Mr Davidson cross the road.
The pair exchanged words before Vafiadis allegedly threw punches and kicks at Mr Davidson.
Charlie Humphries, from Chalfont St Peter, said the confrontation at the zebra crossing ‘was almost like a tug of war’.
Mr Humphries said the man on the floor was ‘lying on his bum’ and holding onto the jacket of the other man, who was ‘standing up and leaning over’ him.
He added: “There were several people shouting ‘let go’.
Joshua Allan, who lives near the zebra crossing, said he heard ‘multiple horns beeping’ outside, which led him to look out of his window.
He said: “I got up and I looked out of the window into the high street.
“I had a look down and I see a man getting assaulted.
“When I looked out of the window he was almost on top of the other man.”
He added the man on the floor was ‘up against the wall of a shop and had hands in the air trying to defend himself’.
He said: “There was a group of six to eight teenagers and they were physically trying to take the man off the other one.
“Three or four of them were shouting ‘get off, get off’.
“The rest were trying to break everything up.”
The trial continues.