Search

‘It was awful’ - teenager describes attack in alleged murder of Luke Harwood in Woodford Green

10:27 24 January 2013

A teenage girl who alleged a man had raped her, before withdrawing the claim, has described the “awful” savage group beating that led to his death near a Woodford Green playing field.

The woman said she recognised Luke Harwood, 18, when she saw him moving into a house.

The Old Bailey heard that Emma Hall, 21, James Danby, 27, Tony O’Toole, 29, and Jovan Roberts, 28, punched, kicked and stamped on Mr Harwood’s head during the attack in Romford on May 27.

Following the assault, in which his facial skeleton was crushed, the victim was allegedly taken to a stream and his body was discovered in Broadmead Road.

“I recognised him because he tried to have sex with me two years ago when I didn’t want to,” she said in a statement. The girl, who is not on trial, confirmed that Hall had said that she was going to “kill him” after being told of the rape claim.

She accused Mr Harwood of rape in May 2010, but gave police a statement in which she “made it clear she had not in fact been raped”.

When asked by James Danby’s barrister if his client was “controlling” the attack that then ensued, she replied: “Kind of.”

She said at one point Danby dragged the battered frame of Mr Harwood in front of her, and demanded: “Are you sure this is him?”

“I said I was definite it was him,” she told the court. “Jay [Danby] was holding him. His nose was bent and there was blood everywhere.”

Sobbing as she recounted him being hit repeatedly in a shower room, she whispered, “It was awful.”

Hall, Danby, O’Toole and Roberts deny murder and wounding with intent.

The trial continues.

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 15:55
Sharon Mwangi from Ilford has won Miss State Commonwealth representing Kenya

Picture by Ellie Hoskins

A fashion student set on challenging perceptions of her area has been crowned beauty queen at a pageant.

Yesterday, 11:36
Redbridge Council has announced plans to build a new swimming pool at Mayfield School. 

Cllr Wes Streeting with other Cllrs, pupils from the school, Head Teacher and the Chair of Governers

Details about a proposed third public swimming pool in Redbridge have been released.

Yesterday, 07:00
Wilson Chowdhry, owner of AA Security on 73 Green lane has received hoards of junk mail. The mail is for at least ten other addresses than 73 Green lane.

Ilford’s first ever Christmas Festival will take place on Tuesday.

Sunday, December 21, 2014
Househunter turned employee Jess Rodgers

It’s not every day a visit to a housing development turns into a new job – but that’s what happened to one 26-year-old from South Woodford.

Most read news

Janey Godley was caught up in the major road incident at George Square today, and gave her testimony of what she saw.

The former QPR and Burnley player was reportedly involved in a serious incident involving a lorry in North Yorkshire.

Ringo Starr, Bette Midler, Steven Tyler and Boy George are among the many musicians paying tribute to the Sheffield singer.

People are paying tribute after the rock and blues legend Joe Cocker has passed away.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Ilford Recorder e-edition today E-edition