Youth told shop assistant how he "kicked the f*** out of" vulnerable man, court told

Youth told shop assistant how he "kicked the f*** out of" vulnerable man, court told

By David Parker | 01/03/2021

Youth told shop assistant how he 'kicked the f*** out of' vulnerable man, court told
Craganour Place, where the body of Jerry Appicella was found 12 days after he died


A YOUTH who allegedly beat a vulnerable man to death in an alleyway later told a nearby shop assistant that he had "kicked the f*** out of him", a court was told.

Shae Nicholson (20), of Lincoln Close, Denaby, who is on trial at Sheffield Crown Court accused of the murder of Jerry Appicella (51), told a shop assistant at Go Local on Hickleton Street that he had stamped on the victim's head about 30 times.

He is on trial alongside Martell Brown (24), of Colliery Road, Conisbrough; Kian Gerrard (19), of Lincoln Close, Denaby Main and a 15-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

They are all are accused of murdering Mr Appicella, of Denaby, in an alleyway near the shop on December 3, 2019.

Mr John Harrison, prosecuting, played CCTV footage from the shop to the jury today (Monday) which showed the 15-year-old calling Mr Appicella a 'nonce'.

The youth then left the shop with Mr Appicella's phone, Mr Harrison said, and, after returning the phone, while armed with a metal pole, told Mr Appicella to come outside.

Shortly afterwards, the youth walked out of the shop with a bottle of vodka that Mr Appicella had bought.

Mr Harrison said: "On one view, what you have witnessed here is attempts by [the youth] to lead Mr Appicella out of the store - once by taking his phone, once by inviting him out of the store with the weapon behind his back, and once by taking his vodka."

Nicholson threw a can at Mr Appicella's head but he ducked out of the way and it smashed into the display of bottles behind him, said Mr Harrison.

Nicholson told Mr Appicella to "come outside", calling him a "faggot" and telling him he would stab him, the prosecutor said.

He said Nicholson had left the shop and gonet to an alleyway nearby, where he lay in wait, armed with half a brick, to ambush Mr Appicella.

Mr Appicella had left the shop, accompanied by a woman, Kerry Mee, who had offered to walk with him back to his flat but the others had caught up with Mr Appicella in the alleyway, said Mr Harrison.

The prosecutor said Nicholson repeatedly punched and kicked Mr Appicella as he was lying on the ground and the 15-year-old had "joined in with the punching" and struck him with his weapon.

Brown also joined in with the violence as the four defendants beat Mr Appicella to death, Mr Harrison said, adding: "Each of them leaves and comes back to continue the violence, as Kerry Mee seeks to assist Mr Appicella."

The four youths fled the scene and Ms Mee helped Mr Appicella walk back to his flat, the prosecutor said.

The court heard a post-mortem examination showed Mr Appicella died as a result of head trauma and suffered a bleed to the brain.

Mr Harrison said Nicholson had returned to Go Local later that evening and told the shop assistant that he had struck Mr Appicella with a knife and had stuck it in his leg.

The prosecution say that was an exaggeration on Nicholson's part.

The court heard Nicholson said he had stamped on Mr Appicella's head about 30 times and had "kicked the f*** out of him whilst he was on the floor".

He said Mr Appicella had been "talking s***" to him "the other day", said Mr Harrison, adding that Nicholson told the shopkeeper: "He got his f***ing head kicked in, the f***ing faggot."

All of the defendants were arrested in the days after Mr Appicella's body was found in his flat, but only Brown and Gerrard spoke to the police in their interviews.

Brown claimed he had seen the attack but had not been involved and Nicholson was the only one who had hurt Mr Appicella.

Gerrard also claimed he was there when the attack happened but had not got involved.

Nicholson has admitted manslaughter but denies murder.

The other three defendants deny murder.

The trial continues.


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