Pub brawl vic­tim was left with stab wound to heart

‘I felt sharp pains dig­ging into me’

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A scaf­folder was left fight­ing for his life af­ter he suf­fered five stab wounds to his chest – one pen­e­trat­ing and cut­ting his heart – in a brawl out­side a pub, a court heard.

Dar­ran Bean spent al­most a month in in­ten­sive care and was said to have sur­vived solely due to the med­i­cal care he was given both at the scene and in hos­pi­tal.

A jury at Maid­stone Crown Court heard this week that the 47-year-old was given vi­tal first aid by staff and drinkers at The Rose Inn at Ken­ning­ton as he went into car­diac ar­rest from his wounds.

Five paramedics then treated him on the pub floor be­fore he was taken first to Wil­liam Har­vey Hos­pi­tal in Ash­ford and then on to King’s Col­lege Hos­pi­tal in Lon­don where he un­der­went open heart surgery.

Paul Bris­tow, 25, of Chilm­ing­ton Green, Great Chart, Ash­ford, de­nies at­tempted mur­der and an al­ter­na­tive charge of wound­ing Mr Bean with in­tent to cause griev­ous bod­ily harm.

Prose­cu­tor An­drew Es­p­ley said while Bris­tow ac­cepts he was at the pub in Faver­sham Road, Ash­ford, on Oc­to­ber 2 last year, he de­nies stab­bing Mr Bean.

How­ever, he added that Bris­tow’s ac­tions af­ter the vi­o­lence may “shed some light” on whether he was guilty or not. The car he had been trav­el­ling in was cleaned and his Face­book ac­count had been deleted by Oc­to­ber 12

At the start of the two-week trial, Mr Es­p­ley said: “The num­ber of times that Paul Bris­tow stabbed Dar­ran Bean, taken to­gether with the lo­ca­tion of the wounds – the left side of the chest and all close to his heart with one ac­tu­ally pen­e­trat­ing and cut­ting the heart – mean that Paul Bris­tow, at the mo­ment he did that, in­tended to kill Mr Bean.

“That is why you would stab some­one in one of the most vul­ner­a­ble ar­eas of the body not once or twice, or three or four times, but five times.”

The court heard no weapon was ever found so it was not known what was used to in­flict the wounds.

The stab­bing also took place in what was de­scribed as the pub’s CCTV “blind spot”.

The pub was said to be busy that evening with a group of trav­ellers wet­ting a baby’s head and Mr Bean drink­ing with col­leagues.

The court heard the groups were all drink­ing ami­ably with no trou­ble.

How­ever, the at­mos­phere changed when Paul Bris­tow and his friend, James Fuller, ar­rived at about 11.20pm.

Mr Es­p­ley said al­though there was a his­tory of bad blood be­tween Mr Bean and Bris­tow family mem­bers, there was no ill-feel­ing be­tween Mr Bean and Paul Bris­tow him­self.

Peo­ple in the pub sensed “fric­tion” be­tween Bris­tow, his friend and the cel­e­brat­ing trav­ellers, and just be­fore mid­night Mr Fuller was or­dered to leave by staff and Bris­tow fol­lowed.

It was at this point Bris­tow al­legedly in­vited Mr Bean out­side for a fight.

At first the two men ex­changed punches in the car park, hit­ting each other to the head, said the prose­cu­tor.

But then Mr Bean re­alised he had been stabbed while be­ing ef­fec­tively re­strained by Bris­tow, said Mr Es­p­ley.

“He felt sharp pains and Paul Bris­tow had his arm around the back Mr Bean told po­lice he thought he and Bris­tow were sim­ply go­ing to fight with fists.

In a recorded in­ter­view made just days af­ter he was re­leased from hos­pi­tal, the 47-year-old spoke of a his­tory of bad-feel­ing be­tween him­self and the Bris­tow family.

He had been drink­ing in the pub when Paul Bris­tow and an­other man he knew as Jay ar­rived.

Mr Bean told po­lice Bris­tow be­came “loud and mouthy” and of­fered him a fight out­side.

The men went to the car park and be­gan to punch each other to the head as three or four oth­ers watched.

Mr Bean said he could not re­call the num­ber of blows ex­changed but then felt be­ing stabbed.

“The next thing I knew there were sharp pains dig­ging into me. I knew it was a knife.

“I didn’t ac­tu­ally see it but I just felt stab­bing pains. Then he [Bris­tow] stopped and ev­ery­one just dis­persed. I stag­gered back into the pub and said ‘I think I’ve been stabbed’.”

Mr Bean said as he felt the pain he saw Bris­tow mov­ing his arm into his chest. He put his arm around me around the back of my head and was just stab­bing me. He was . right in front of me. We were vir­tu­ally up against each other.”

He also told po­lice the peo­ple who had been watch­ing moved away as soon as he was stabbed.

“I think they were shocked that he done it. They just shot off.

Mr Bean de­nied he had been armed with any­thing him­self and said he thought the fight with Bris­tow would just in­volve fists.

“I have had a few rows in my time but al­ways fis­ticuffs. I don’t like bul­lies and I will stand up for my­self – I have had to where I’m small and short.

“If you let peo­ple bully you they just keep on and on.” of Mr Bean’s head and they were vir­tu­ally up against each other when the stab­bings took place.”

Mr Bean stag­gered back into the pub where the land­lady grabbed tea tow­els to stem the blood and oth­ers went to his aid.

The next thing Mr Bean re­called was wak­ing in up in hos­pi­tal.

The trial con­tin­ues.

Pic­ture: Paul Amos

The Rose pub in Ken­ning­ton taped off af­ter the in­ci­dent

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