Leeds: ‘Car park clash over wife led to fatal head blow’

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A MAN suffered fatal head injuries after being punched during a confrontation with another man he suspected was having an affair with his wife, a jury heard.

Matthew Welford, 41, died eight days after the alleged attack by Alexander Frew, 43, outside Garforth Country Club on June 4 this year.

A jury at Leeds Crown Court was shown CCTV footage of Frew striking Mr Welford as the two men argued in the car park outside.

Ian Brook, prosecuting, told the court: “At the time of his death Mr Welford believed the defendant and his wife Sarah were engaged in an intimate relationship.”

The court heard Frew, a train conductor, went to the club around 4pm on the day of the incident. Mr Welford and his wife had gone to the club earlier at around 2pm.

Mr Brooks said: “Apart from staring between the two men, there appears to have been no trouble between them for the first few hours.”

He added: “At some point while he was playing pool, Mr Welford appears to have made a derogatory remark to the defendant.”

Witnesses overheard Mr Welford say to Frew: “Stop staring at my wife.” The court said Mrs Welford left the club but there was a further confrontation between the two men later in the evening. Mr Welford was heard to say: “Stay out of my marriage”. Frew was heard to say: “Come on then, we will sort this outside.”

Club member Kenneth Carter said he heard Frew say: “I’m waiting for him to come outside. I’m going to have him.”

Mr Brook said, during the argument in the car park, Mr Welford mentioned Frew’s failed marriage and said his former partner was fat.

The prosecutor said Mr Welford appeared to be laughing at Frew moments before he was struck. Mr Welford’s head struck the ground and he was knocked unconscious. He regained consciousness but his condition deteriorated and he died on June 12. Frew, of Hazelwood Avenue, Garforth, pleads not guilty to manslaughter.


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