All three defendants accused of the murder of dad-of-six Mick Moss took to the witness box at Nottingham Crown Court this week as the trial continues.
Jamie Elliott, 27, of North Street, Alfreton, Nathan Hall, 24, of Birchwood Lane, Somercotes, and Collette Booth, 47, of Mill Street, Ilkeston, all deny killing unemployed Mr Moss, who was found dead in the living room of his Canal Street home in Ilkeston on January 30, from head and cheat injuries.
A fourth defendant – Booth’s son Alan Chapman – had the case against him discontinued last week and walked free from court.
The defence’s case concluded on Monday, with closing statements on Tuesday and Judge Michael Stokes QC, Recorder of Nottingham, summing up on Wednesday afternoon.
The jury was expected to be sent out to deliberate its verdict this morning.
Elliott wept as he told a jury he knew who had killed Ilkeston father-of-six Mr Moss.
He said he could not reveal who beat Mr Moss to death for fear of what might happen to his family.
And he said when he saw Mr Moss covered in blood he ‘tried to help him’ and sat him up before fleeing from the house.
Elliott, under cross-examination, was asked by prosecutor Peter Joyce QC how Mr Moss came to suffer 30 fractures to his ribs.
Crying, Elliott replied: “I tried to help him but he died.
“The lad had his leg back (as if to kick Mr Moss). I pulled Mick back, I tried to sit him up.
“I thought he was all right, I thought he was all right.”
Mr Joyce said: “How many times did you stamp on him?”
Elliott replied: “I didn’t. I didn’t stamp on Mick.
“I was beaten every day of my life for 12 years, that’s why I don’t like violence.”
During the hearing Elliott was asked by Mr Joyce why he would not disclose who the man he claims killed Mr Moss is.
He replied: “Because I don’t come from a privileged background like a lot of people in this (court) room. A ‘grass’ is a ‘grass’ and my family would end up tarnished.
“What do you think it is like for me and the rest of my family?
“For the rest of my life I know that this man has killed one man already and could come after me.”
Mr Joyce said: “So you are going to leave this dangerous man out there?”
Elliott replied: “Yes, I can’t say anything, that would be mad. I have not done anything wrong. Every night I go back to my cell and I see Mick’s face.
“I was there (on the night of the death). I have admitted being there. I could have denied it but I didn’t.”
The trial continues.