Man feared he would die in attack by pal, court told
A man who suffered multiple injuries in an early morning incident involving his close friend and neighbour told a jury how he feared he was going to be beaten to death.
The 34-year-old injured party - who at the time of the incident in north Belfast lived next door to the man accused of launching an unprovoked attack on him - was speaking from the witness box at the city's Crown Court.
Currently standing trial on a charge of causing grievous bodily harm with intent to his neighbour and one-time friend is Dean Moore from Altnagarron View.
The 36-year old denies launching an attack on the other man and claims he was acting in self-defence in the early hours of September 27 last year.
The injured party claimed that after Moore attacked him and tried to strangle him, he was told that it was for giving him stick the week before about Manchester United.
Both Moore and the injured party, who the jury heard had known each other for around seven years, had spent the previous evening at a charity poker night at a snooker hall in the Ballygomartin area of the city.
The friends, who had both been drinking, left the hall at around 3am and as they were walking the short distance home, an altercation took place.
While the injured party claims Moore "got a look in his eye" then launched an unprovoked attack which left him on the ground, Moore had made the case that the injured party was actually the aggressor.
The claim by Moore - that his friend was angry about a comment made by another man at the poker night which he had allowed to fester - was denied by the injured party, who branded his one-time friend a "psycho".
Giving evidence, the injured party - who sustained several injuries in the incident including a fractured eye socket and broken nasal bones - said he believed he was going to be beaten to death. The injured man denied claims that he had started the altercation.