THE IDENTICAL twin of a man who died after being punched in a Leeds street lied about his brother’s identity when he dialled 999, a jury heard.
Keiron Adeshida went on to make a statement to police in his critically injured identical twin brother Gerard’s name, while his mother and sister were in the same room, a manslaughter trial jury at Leeds Crown Court was told.
The court heard the true identity of both brothers was only discovered when a doctor at Leeds General Infirmary overheard Keiron answering his mobile phone and saying: “Hi, it’s Keiron.”
David Powell, 27, is on trial charged with the one-punch manslaughter of 37-year-old Gerard Adeshida on Ladypit Lane in Beeston just after 6pm on August 23.
Powell, of Clovelly Grove, Beeston, accepts he punched Mr Adeshida, who fell back and hit his head on the road, causing a skull fracture and fatal brain injury.
He died at Leeds General Infirmary the following morning. Powell, who denies manslaughter, claims he acted in self defence.
The jury has heard Gerard and his identical twin Keiron were “probably alcoholics” and had been drinking strong cider before going out to meet a friend before the incident happened on August 23.
Powell was driving in his new car with three friends and they were playing loud music. Prosecutors say Gerard swore loudly at the car as it passed as he believed the occupants were making fun of him.
The court has heard the car slowed and Keiron Adeshida apologised to Powell, but his brother Gerard carried on swearing.
Prosecutor, Jonathan Sharp said Powell stopped the car in the middle of the road, jumped out and approached the brothers with his fists clenched before punching Gerard.
Mr Sharp asked Keiron Adeshida: “In that statement you called yourself Gerard and you called him Keiron. I would like to ask why it was you did that?” Mr Adeshida replied: “Me and him, we used each others’ identity on occasions.”
Defending, Andrew Stubbs QC asked Keiron: “While in the hospital you carried on making your statement as if you were Gerard didn’t you, with your mother and sister in the room? “While the doctor was explaining to you how serious your brother was, your telephone rang and you answered the phone and said ‘Hi, it’s Keiron.’”
Mr Adeshida replied: “Yes.” Mr Adeshida said the two brothers worked as cleaners and said his brother used his name at work. The twins had lived together all their lives and in August lived at Waverley Garth at Beeston. Proceeding.