Sunday 15 December 2019

Irish victim was trying to be ‘peacemaker’ with drunken couple accused of murdering him

Michael Hunt
Michael Hunt
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A drunken couple who are accused of murdering an Irishman were looking to create “havoc” moments before the fatal assault is alleged to have occurred.

Fiona Nalty (24) and her boyfriend Arry Green (21) kicked and punched Michael Hunt (37) outside a taxi office in London, the Old Bailey has heard.

Victim Michael, whom the court was told was an “innocent” victim, was originally from Co Waterford.

The court was told that Mr Hunt begged the couple to stop attacking him.

The couple stripped Mr Hunt of his clothes and dumped him in a bin.

Bill Peters, a cab controller, said the couple were being verbally abusive towards him when Mr Hunt stepped in.

“The victim said ‘calm down, you won’t get a cab like that’ because he knew me.

“The female started all the violence. When she started hitting the man, that’s when the aggressive man (Green) jumped in.

“He was elbowing the victim, and she started hitting the victim, slapping and punching him.

“When the aggressive man saw her hitting the victim, he joined in and he hit him in the same way, punching and kicking.

“I saw her at least two times slap and punch him.”

Fiona Nalty, of Fairdene Road, Coulsdon, Surrey, and Green, of Dinsdale Gardens, Norwood, in England both deny murder.

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