Dollis Hill man was murdered by masked gang after they were chased out of pub
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Court heard Luke Fitzpatrick was stabbed after running after mob
The leader of a masked gang accused of stabbing a roofer to death was seen with a knife in his hand as he stormed the pub where his victim was watching a football match.
The Old Bailey heard Christopher Walters, 23, of Lovett Way, Neasden, called up friends to attack drinkers at the Ox Gate pub in Coles Green Road, Dollis Hill, in revenge because he had been beaten up in a convenience store nearby.
Luke Fitzpatrick, 25, died and his father Bernard, 56, was seriously injured in the attack.
Jurors were today shown CCTV footage of the gang assembling in the streets around the pub and then bursting inside.
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They are seen brandishing poles bats and coshes and shouting at the drinkers who had watched Chelsea beat Bayern Munich.
Prosecutor Brian Altman QC, said: “Luke was at the front of the crowd trying to repel the group.
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“Walters yelled: ‘what, what’ and ‘Which one of you is it,’ and ‘Who wants it?”’
“He had a hoodie on and its drawstring was drawn tightly around his face,” Mr Altman said.
Walters and the others ran out of the pub when they were met with a barrage of bottles, glasses and stools.
Tragically Mr Fitzpatrick was one of those who gave chase from the pub into Alder Grove when the gang turned and confronted him, it is claimed.
Walters and the two 17 year-olds from Mill Hill and Cricklewood, who are claimed to have taken part in the attack, deny murder, attempted murder and the lesser alternative of wounding with intent.
Walters has pleaded guilty to violent disorder but the two 17 year-olds deny the charge.
Four others are accused of taking part in the storming of the pub but are not before the court.
The trial continues.