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Morrisons Wymondham attack: Witnesses feared worse in fatal fight

Two photos of Nick Rogers. Image copyright Family photos
Image caption Nick Rogers was attacked near the check outs at the store in Wymondham

An accused man said "let's do it" before punching another man in the head in a supermarket, a court was told.

Nick Rogers, 26, from Wymondham, suffered a fatal cardiac arrest after being punched and kicked in the head by two men at the town's Morrisons store.

John Monk, 44 and his nephew Lee Monk, 20, deny murder and actual bodily harm.

Witness Ian Rose told Norwich Crown Court that Lee Monk and Mr Rogers were in a "scuffle" before John Monk arrived and joined in the fatal fight.

He was shopping with his wife Deborah on 17 July, when they heard a commotion near the check-out.

He described walking over to Mr Rogers and Lee Monk, raising his hands and saying "Not in here," but they took no notice.

John Monk then arrived and said "Let's do it," before punching Mr Rogers in the side of his head, he told jurors.

The victim fell to the floor after that punch, Mr Rose said, adding that at the time, women and children were screaming and crying.

Image caption Nick Rogers was airlifted to hospital from outside Morrisons supermarket in Wymondham

Cross-examined by the defence he denied mis-hearing Mr Monk, who could have said "Let's do it outside."

Deborah Rose, the witness's wife, also gave evidence and told the court she picked up a broken mobile phone off the floor which Lee Monk snatched from her before throwing it to the floor again.

Another shopper, Maxine Jones, said she could see punches being thrown from her car, before she ran into the store.

"I could see a person being held at the check-out and he was being punched by two people," she said.

"I knew straight away he was going to be seriously hurt or killed," she said.

The court was told Mr Rogers had been involved in a year-long feud with Lee Monk over money and jewellery.

The trial continues.

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