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Family of Polish man leaves court as CCTV is shown

Watch Victoria Lampard's report for ITV News Anglia.

The family of Polish man killed by a single "Superman punch" had to leave court as jurors were shown CCTV of the attack.

Arkadiusz Jozwik died from head injuries two days after the assault in the Stow shopping area of Harlow in August 2016.

A 16-year-old boy, who was 15 at the time of the attack and cannot be named because of his age, denies manslaughter.

As his trial began at Chelmsford Crown Court, the prosecution set out its case that the youth had intended to cause harm to Mr Jozwik - known as Arek to his friends.

The 40-year-old had been drinking with two friends and had just bought a pizza when he was set upon outside a row of takeaway shops shortly after 11.30pm.

Arek Jozwik died in August 2016. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

"The prosecution does not say that [the defendant] thought for a moment that what he did would result in the death of a man.

"However, we say he moved deliberately around the back of Mr Jozwik to take him by surprise and to hit him from behind. "[The defendant] jumped up from the ground using the whole force of his body to hit Mr Jozwik to his head. From what looks to be like a 'superman punch' that he threw he must have intended to send the man to the ground."

– Rosina Cottage QC, prosecuting.

The slightly built boy sat with his parents at the back of the courtroom while Judge Patricia Lynch and barristers sat without their wigs and robes due to his age.

Ms Cottage said Mr Jozwik had been drinking vodka with his friend Radek Koscelski and they were both "speaking loudly and appeared to be drunk and smelt of alcohol".

She said a third friend, Jakub Lusiecki, drank beer and "appeared to be sober".

The three men sat on a bench to eat pizza near a group of teenagers with bikes who had been there for most of the day and the defendant was part of the group, Ms Cottage told the court.

She said the attention of the Polish men was drawn to the group of teenagers as "something was kicked or thrown close to them" in The Stow shopping precinct.

Tributes were left at the Stow shopping area following Mr Jozwik's death. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

"There was some laughter about their English and one of the teenagers was cycling around the group."

– Rosina Cottage QC, prosecuting.

Ms Cottage said Mr Koscelski "was swaying and drunk and may have been argumentative, offering to fight", but he made no physical contact.

She said two boys cycled close to Mr Koscelski and Mr Jozwik, which "seemed to spark a disagreement" between the two groups.

Showing CCTV footage to jurors, Ms Cottage said it appeared Mr Koscelski tripped over his own feet then the youth "appears to jump in the air and swing his arm with force to the head of Mr Jozwik".

Some of Mr Jozwik's family were in court, and some left the room as the CCTV footage was shown.

Blood alcohol tests on Mr Jozwik showed he was around "twice over the legal limit to drive", Ms Cottage said.

"Mr Koscelski was clearly very drunk and the deceased Mr Jozwik was also drunk, but the prosecution says there was no need for violence to be offered to either man. "We say he was not aggressive to the group and certainly not [the defendant].

"For whatever reason, maybe even just immature bravado, the prosecution say [the defendant] took a deliberate decision to use unlawful violence then he went around the back of the group to punch Mr Jozwik."

– Rosina Cottage QC, prosecuting.

The trial continues.