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Joseph Kent killed on wife's birthday night out

Joseph Kent
Image caption Joseph Kent was a tattoo artist and a drummer in a band

A man received fatal injuries when he was punched outside a takeaway during a night out to celebrate his wife's 22nd birthday, a court has heard.

Joseph Kent, 24, died two days after receiving head injuries outside a KFC outlet at Xscape in Milton Keynes in January last year.

A jury at Luton Crown Court heard he was punched twice by Samir Bostan. The second blow caused a fatal injury.

Mr Bostan, 27, of Clarkes Spring, Tring in Hertfordshire, denies manslaughter.

Mr Kent, his wife Emma and a friend Andrew Curzon-Berners were in the queue at KFC in the early hours of 13 January when trouble flared, the court heard.

'Joe's been hit'

Giving evidence, Mrs Kent said it began when Mr Bostan, his brother Tariq and a friend came out of the restaurant and words were exchanged.

Matters soon seemed to calm down, Mrs Kent told the court, and she thought "it was over".

But while she was in the restaurant waiting to be served, a friend came inside and said "Joe's been hit".

She said she rushed outside and he collapsed in front of her.

Prosecutor Ian Wicks said the defendant and his group had left the queue but Tariq Bostan returned and began fighting with Mr Curzon-Berners.

Samir Bostan joined in and twice punched Mr Kent, whom Mr Wicks said was not taking part in any of the violence.

The second blow caused a brain haemorrhage and Mr Kent collapsed. The tattoo artist never regained consciousness and died on 15 January.

The prosecution said Mr Bostan was "not acting in self-defence" when he struck Mr Kent.

Tariq Bostan, from Luton, earlier pleaded guilty of two counts of causing actual bodily harm to the victim's brother Matthew Kent and Mr Curzon-Berners, the jury was told.

The trial continues.

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