Manslaughter trial told man who died had suffered bleed on brain nine months before

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A man who died after he was attacked three times had previously suffered a bleed on the brain, a jury heard.

The trial of Mark Purdy - who denies the manslaughter of Thomas Burns after repeated assaults - heard on Monday (January 15) about the old injury.

Mr Burns was pronounced dead on July 10 last year. Nine months earlier he was assaulted and had a brain bleed, Nottingham Crown Court was told.

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His father, David Hicks, made a statement about his son's previous assault.

Thomas Burns

He said he thought there had been a row between his son and some people who lived opposite - referring to the incident in October 2016.

Mr Hicks saw Kate Sanby (Mr Thomas's girlfriend) sitting on a car bonnet, he had said in the statement.

One of the people punched Miss Sanby in the face and broke her nose.

The males set about 40-year-old Mr Burns. He was punched to the back of his head and knocked unconscious, Mr Hicks had said.

Mr Burns sought medical attention a couple of days later and he was found to have suffered the brain bleed.

Mr Hicks told the jury at Purdy's trial: "They said one jolt could set it off."

Mr Burns also spoke about finding his son after he was assaulted last July.

He discovered his son lying unconscious in his flat in Pleasant Row, Hyson Green. Mr Burns had allegedly been assaulted by Purdy hours earlier.

When Mr Hicks spoke with the ambulance service over the phone, he said he was worried about his (son's) brain bled.

Vanessa Marshall, defending, asked him in the witness box: "You were told it was a risk (the brain bleed), it could happen any time? Tommy was aware of this and Kate, his girlfriend?"

Mr Hicks replied: "Yes."

The jury has heard the flat below Mr Burns's maisonette was a "crack house" and Purdy had visited earlier that day.

The defendant allegedly attacked Mr Burns on three separate occasions on the same day last July.

On the first occasion, Purdy is said to have hit him inside the crack house when the victim had asked him to move his car parked close to his front door.

Mr Burns left but saw Purdy again when Purdy knocked on the victim's door and apologised for assaulting him.

Purdy and associate Gavin Mulhaney were waiting for some money to arrive so they could buy more drugs, the court heard.

Mr Mulhaney asked whether he and Purdy could join Mr Burns and his partner and they agreed.

But after chatting, drinking and taking drugs, Purdy took exception to the way Mr Burns was treating Miss Sanby and allegedly kicked him full in the face injuring his lip.

There were several follow-up blows before Purdy left with Mr Burns following him outside.

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During the final attack, Purdy is said to have been seen by Burns' friend Andrew Harris standing over him kicking and punching him repeatedly.

A post-mortem found Mr Burns had extensive bleeding around the outside of his brain.

The bleeding was likely to have been as a result of a blow or blows to the head, the court heard. The accumulation of blood led to unconsciousness, swelling and brain damage.

The trial continues.