Witness heard Duckworth tell girlfriend: Shut up or you will get the same

Snatch pictures of  Daniel Duckworth, 35, of West St, Sowerby bridge entering Calderdale Magistrates Court, Halifax where he was charged with unlawful killing
Snatch pictures of Daniel Duckworth, 35, of West St, Sowerby bridge entering Calderdale Magistrates Court, Halifax where he was charged with unlawful killing

A MAN accused of manslaughter threatened his girlfriend with “the same” moments after the alleged attack, a court heard.

Daniel Duckworth is facing the charge over an attack on Richard Reynolds in Sowerby Bridge on May 13.

Mr Reynolds died 12 days later from his injuries.

Geoffrey Pryce, doorman at the Roxy nightclub, Sowerby Bridge, said he heard Duckworth and his girlfriend Michelle Burrell arguing outside the club.

He told the court: “Her boyfriend accused her of letting these other guys touch her. She said: ‘You could have killed him’. She was really, really upset – she was crying.

“Then he said: ‘If you don’t f****** shut up you will get the same’. He said it very aggressively.”

Mr Pryce said he had been a doorman at the club for six to eight weeks on the night of the incident.

He said Duckworth had been at the Roxy most nights he had been working there.

“He was a very nice person – always pleasant to me,” said Mr Pryce.

The court heard how Miss Burrell had left the club at around 9.55pm to buy cigarettes and was shortly followed by Duckworth.

It is then alleged he launched the attack on Mr Reynolds who was talking to Miss Burrell.

CCTV footage was played in court showing Duckworth returning to the club when Mr Pryce could overhear the threats.

The doorman, questioned by defence counsel Molly Pinkus, did admit that he hadn’t heard the full conversation.

The court also heard statements from police who attended at the scene.

PC Zoe Griffiths’s statement described seeing “a significant amount of blood on the floor around Mr Reynolds’ head” and said he did not appear responsive.

A witness statement from Jamie Barlow was read out by prosecutor Stephen Wood.

Mr Barlow said he saw Duckworth punch Mr Reynolds, who fell backwards and banged his head on the ground.

“As he fell backwards he didn’t try to stop himself,” the statement said.

“He was as straight as a board.”

Terry Shafi, a bus driver who was on his route through Sowerby Bridge, described seeing the incident and said it left him shocked.

“It was on my mind all night,” he said.

When asked why, Mr Shafi said because he was “so shocked”.

Duckworth, of West Street, Sowerby Bridge, denies manslaughter and the trial at Bradford Crown Court continues