Men accused of attacking woman as she defended friend (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Men accused of attacking woman as she defended friend
A woman was attacked by a gang of thugs as she tried to stop her friend getting beaten up, a court heard today.
Lauren White bravely tried to protect her friend Jamie Flory after he was assaulted in Station Road, Chingford, by George Saitch, 27, Charles Roberson, 19, Joshua Norrish, 21, and 20-year-old Bradley Lupton, it was said.
Jurors heard how Miss White put herself between the gang and Mr Flory, who was receiving a barrage of kicks and punches, when they started on her.
Mr Flory was left with a fractured eye socket after the beating while Miss White suffered severe bruising to her head, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard.
Simon Douglas, prosecuting, alleges that all four defendants assaulted Miss White.
He told the court: “Miss White tried to protect her friend and in doing so she received injuries to her head, front and back, because of the kicking and punching.”
Mr Flory and Miss White were walking home with a group of friends from a pub on August 25 last year when an argument broke out between a group of Mr Flory’s friends and the defendants.
It is alleged that Saitch instigated the violence by running up to Mr Flory and slapping him on the side of the head.
Mr Flory tried to catch up with his friends who had walked on ahead but was then allegedly confronted by Lupton.
The four defendants then allegedly set upon Mr Flory when they had him cornered in an alleyway and he is said to have curled in to a foetal position in order to protect himself.
Mr Douglas described to the court how Mr Flory broke free and ran to his uncle's house in Kings Road.
The group is said to have chased him all the way there and then attacked him on the front drive.
Following Miss White’s intervention and alleged assault, jurors heard how the group fled when Mr Flory’s aunt opened the front door.
When police arrived, the four defendants were arrested in Kings Road where Saitch told police: “To be honest with you it is Friday night and it was handbags at dawn.”
Norrish and Roberson denied being involved while Lupton told officers it was Mr Flory who threw the first punch.
Saitch of Elghar Close, Ilford, Roberson of Richmond Crescent, Chingford, Norrish, of Cavendish Road, Chingford, and Lupton of Aldriche Way, Chingford, all deny causing grievous bodily harm with intent and assault by beating.
The trial continues.