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Best friend of man who died following Morrisons supermarket assault breaks down in tears while giving evidence

PUBLISHED: 08:11 06 December 2017 | UPDATED: 10:57 06 December 2017

Nick Rogers. Picture: The Rogers family

Nick Rogers. Picture: The Rogers family

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The best friend of a man who died after being assaulted at a Morrisons supermarket broke down in tears when asked to recall the incident.

Leo Wardrop, 27, was at the store in Wymondham on July 17 when Nick Rogers was attacked by Lee Monk and his uncle John Monk shortly after 7.30pm.

Mr Rogers died in hospital the following day aged 26.

Both Lee Monk, 20, of Silfield Road, Wymondham, and John Monk, 44, of Albini Way, Wymondham, are on trial after pleading not guilty to murder.

Giving witness evidence via video link at Norwich Crown Court on Tuesday (December 5), Mr Wardrop told the court he was best friends with Mr Rogers and had known him for around eight to 10 years.

The pair both lived in Wymondham and used the gym together.

Answering mostly “yes” and “no” to questions from prosecutor Andrew Jackson, Mr Wardrop said Mr Rogers had once been friends with Lee Monk.

But he said they fell out after Mr Rogers was accused of stealing from a man named Joe Spencer. He said Lee Monk took Mr Spencer’s side in the argument.

When asked about the night of the attack at Morrisons, Mr Wardrop burst into tears and the decision was taken to end the day’s hearing early.

The trial will resume on Wednesday (December 6).

During the opening of the case, the court heard how Mr Rogers was assaulted by Lee Monk and John Monk after the three men met while shopping at the store.

Prosecutor Mr Jackson said there had been a simmering dispute between Mr Rogers and the Monk family.

He said a number of punches were “rained” on Mr Rogers, before he was kicked in the head by Lee Monk as he was lying on the floor.

Mr Jackson said it caused a “massive and catastrophic” brain injury which meant Mr Rogers went into cardiac arrest.

He was taken to intensive care in hospital, but never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead the next day.

Lee Monk claimed he had acted to defend himself and claimed he had kicked Mr Rogers in the chest.

Mr Jackson said Mr Wardrop tried to intervene, but was also attacked.

Lee Monk and John Monk also deny assault occasioning actual bodily harm to Mr Wardrop on July 17.

The trial continues.

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