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Youth tells court he used 'superman punch' to defend friend

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Arek Jozwik

A 16-year-old boy accused of killing a drunk Polish man in Harlow, Essex with a "superman punch" has told a jury he hit him "to defend my friend".

The defendant, who was 15 years old at the time of the alleged attack and cannot be named for legal reasons, denies the manslaughter of Arkadiusz Jozwik, who was known to his friends as Arek.<

Mr Jozwik, 40, had been drinking vodka with two friends and had just bought a pizza when he was set upon outside a row of takeaway shops in Harlow, Essex, shortly after 11.30pm on August 27 2016, Chelmsford Crown Court heard.

He fell and struck his head on the pavement and died two days later in hospital. He had been around twice the legal limit to drive, the court was told.

The defendant said he was hanging around at The Stow shopping precinct after going to a kebab shop when he saw the Polish men.

"They were being aggressive and loud," he said. "They were being loud, swearing, just wobbling everywhere."

He said the men were saying "Fight me, fight me", and one called his black friend a "n*****" and grabbed his friend.

Patrick Upward QC, defending, asked the boy: "What was going through your head?"

The teenager replied: "That they was going to do something to us, not mostly to me, but to (another youth) and my friends."

Asked how he was feeling, he replied "Scared", and asked what he did next, he said: "I hit him."

He continued: "I just didn't know what they were going to do next."

He said one man fell over. Mr Jozwik had his friend, and, asked if he meant to cause any harm, he said: "Not at all."

Asked what happened next, he said: "He fell and hit his head."

The defendant said he then ran off, adding: "I just felt like it was a big nightmare."

Asked how he felt about the man who hit his head, he said: "I felt really sad."

Rosina Cottage QC, prosecuting, earlier told the trial that the defendant moved behind Mr Jozwik, jumped up from the ground and used the "whole force of his body" to hit him.

The trial continues.


Manslaughter trial hears teenager used 'superman punch' to floor Polish man

Arek Jozwik. Credit: Family photo.

The trial of a teenager accused of killing a Polish man in Harlow has begun.

The 16-year-old, who cannot be identified because of his age, is charged with the manslaughter of 40-year-old Arkadiusz Jozwik.

He was attacked outside a row of takeaway shops at the town's Stow shopping area on August 27 2016.

Opening their case, the prosecution told Chelmsford Crown Court the teenager, who was 15 at the time, had killed Mr Jozwik with what looked like a "Superman punch".

He was said to have jumped from the ground to use the full force of his body to hit the victim in the head.

The prosecution claims the defendant must have intended to send Mr Jozwik to the ground, and would have known he would cause him harm, even if he did not appreciate the extent of it.

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

"He was aware that when he punched him with the force he used - a Superman punch - some harm would be likely to be caused."

– Rosina Cottage QC, prosecution.

The 16-year-old denies the charges.

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Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Matthew Hudson.

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