The UK's fastest-growing regional news network
28°C | 17°C
25°C | 13°C
23°C | 15°C
See the full forecast for your area.
Sponsored by Britelite.
Home Folkestone News Article
A man – who was sleeping rough in Folkestone – has told a jury how he woke up next to a dead man.
Sam Kuypers told the hearing, where Brian Sharp is on trial for murder, that he saw the alleged victim Tim Clayton twice in his life.
"The first time was outside McDonald’s fast food restaurant about five days earlier... and the second time was when I woke up and found him lying dead next to me ”
"The last thing I can remember was about 5.50pm.
“I was very drunk and I don’t remember going to bed. I had been drinking with Barry and he had consumed a similar amount.”
He said he only knew he had returned to the area at "about 9pm" after watching CCTV footage which captured his return to outside WH Smiths.
Mr Kuypers added that he had woken up earlier the following morning when a van arrived to deliver items to one of the shops.
“I sat up and asked Barry because I couldn’t remember anything from the night before. I seemed to have someone lying next to me.
"I couldn’t see that he was lying in a pool of blood.
“I sat up and put my head up a bit. I asked Barry who it was and he said it was his friend Tim. Then we both laid back down.”
Mr Kuypers said that Barry and Tim had known each other for a few weeks but he had only met the dead man a week earlier.
Bank worker Lucy Barton told the court how she arrived at work on the Saturday morning... and found a body in the bay where she usually parked.
“It was about 8.20am and two of my colleagues were already there. I saw a man lying prone. He was on his back. I got out of the car to assist.
“I could see two other homeless gentlemen standing at the back. I went to the man on the ground. He was very badly injured.”
Ms Barton added that after a colleague had called the emergency services, the bank workers – with the help of one of the homeless men, put Mr Clayton in the recovery position.
It was then they saw a pool of blood beneath his head.
"The Crown says that, fuelled by alcohol, Sharp set upon Mr Clayton and, driven by rage and jealousy, he then subjected him to a vicious beating" - prosecutor Ian Hope
Doctors diagnosed severe brain injuries and he died the following morning, the court heard.
Prosecutor Ian Hope showed the jury CCTV footage from cameras at the recess behind the bank which he alleged showed Sharp beating Mr Clayton.
He said the dead man had been staying with alcoholic Samantha Allen, who was in a relationship with Sharp.
“The Crown says that, fuelled by alcohol, Sharp set upon Mr Clayton and, driven by rage and jealousy, he then subjected him to a vicious beating, involving repeated punches and kicking.”
The trial continues.
Click here for more news from Folkestone.
Click here for more news from around the county.