A Somalian murdered after a row over spitting on a bus was beaten to death with a bottle as he lay unconscious, a court heard yesterday (Tuesday).
Fuad Buraleh, 19, of Clayton Road, Hayes, was attacked on January 26 this year after an argument with pensioner Carl Cadogan, 67, who is said to have rounded up his son Myles and his friends to batter him to death.
Australian Sean Bradley was walking through Dean Gardens in Ealing where Somalians gather to drink when he saw five men wearing scarves over their faces 'scattering'.
"There was someone hitting someone on the head with what looked like a bottle. I think I saw the shine or the glimmer of the bottle," Mr Bradley told the court.
"He was kneeling down over the body. The person being hit was lying flat on his back. It looked like he was unconscious.
"I watched it for a second. I didn't do anything at that stage. I didn't say anything.
"I thought I'm going to distract him because if I don't he is probably going to kill him.
"The first thing I thought was it looked quite primitive. It looked very animal like. It was a very bloodthirsty looking thing to see."
Mr Bradley said the victim was hit at least 10 times.
"He was hitting him as if he was trying to break the bottle on a piece of wood."
Mr Bradley said he shouted for the attacker to stop and he looked at Mr Bradley and said words to the effect of: 'I'll do this to you if you're not careful.'
Mr Buraleh, 19, and cousin Mahdi Jama, 20, argued with the pensioner because of their 'disgusting and obnoxious' behaviour.
The teenager spat on the floor and when Cadogan complained Jama spat in his face, the Old Bailey heard.
The pair got off the bus after a confrontation with Cadogan, who tried to kick them.
They went to Dean Gardens and were there when Cadogan and others arrived to 'take retribution'.
Cadogan, from Hanwell, his son Myles, 24, from Brondesbury, and his friends Scott Baker, 21, of Long Drive, South Ruislip, Lee Beavis, 26, of Windermere Avenue, Eastcote, Anthony Sheehan, 22, from Northolt, and Richard O'Donoghue, 23, from Hanwell, all deny murder and violent disorder.
The trial continues.