Robert Alderman murder jury retires to consider verdict after Paul Scott was assaulted in Gillingham
A jury has retired to consider verdicts in the trial of a man accused of killing a dad-of-five, who died after his leg was broken during a late night incident in Gillingham.
Robert Alderman has denied murdering Paul Scott and an alternative charge of manslaughter. He admits affray and assaulting Mr Scott’s brother Gary Chaplin.
Paul Scott died four days after Gillingham fight
Maidstone Crown Court has heard Alderman, 22, attacked 43-year-old Mr Scott after he saw him damaging wing mirrors on vehicles.
Mr Scott, family and friends had been to Palm Cottage Social Club in Canterbury Street on February 13 and Alderman had been at nearby Bliss nightclub.
Robert Alderman at Maidstone Crown Court
Alderman, of Canadian Avenue, Gillingham, is alleged to have punched, kicked and stamped on the 20-stone victim while he was on his knees after declaring: “I’m a boxer and a head case.”
He also demanded: “Say sorry and I will stop hitting you.”
Mr Scott, of Franklin Road, suffered fractures to his right leg which led to his death four days later from a pulmonary embolism – a blood clot in a main artery in the lung.
Alderman admitted in evidence he was not acting in self-defence when he punched Mr Scott several times, but denied kicking him or stamping on his leg.
Asked what he thought about his behaviour, he said: “I am disgusted about what I have done that night.”
During the afternoon the jury of nine women and three men asked to have a list of the 10 external injuries to Mr Scott that were recorded by the pathologist.
They also asked to see again CCTV footage of Mr Scott and his family in Aldi supermarket car park after the incident and before and after an ambulance arrived.
The jury was sent home for the night.
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