The trial of two men accused of murdering Scott McKay with a saucepan in a “sick attack” in a Hull street has begun.
Mr McKay, 41, was attacked on the night of July 6 earlier this year outside his home in Buckingham Street.
He had suffered a severe bleed to the brain after being struck on the head with a saucepan and beaten to death in what has been described as a “sick attack”. He died in hospital nine days later.
Jason Shreeve, of Barnsley Street, and Luke Hainsworth, of Elder Avenue, have been charged with murder and appeared at Sheffield Crown Court on Thursday, November 21, as the trial began.
Prosecuting barrister Sam Green opened the case by telling the jury how the three men were connected by a housemate of Mr McKay’s, who had moved into the shared accommodation in Buckingham Street.
Mr Shreeve, 42, once lived in the same house but moved out to live with his new girlfriend in Barnsley Street just around the corner, allowing Mr McKay to take his place at his former residence.
However, Mr Shreeve had learnt that his partner had a brief five to six week relationship before the pair got together which allegedly led to several incidents of threatening behaviour from Mr Shreeve.
Mr Green said: “When this ended, Mr Shreeve started a relationship with her and moved in with her in Barnsley Street.
“Between Shreeve moving out of Buckingham Street and the fatal incident there had been various incidents where Shreeve had attended Buckingham Street and threatened [the former housemate].”
On July 6, Mr Shreeve and Mr Hainsworth, 30, are said to have paid several visits to the home in Buckingham Street, looking for Mr McKay’s housemate.
Mr Green told the jury the prosecution believe Mr McKay stood up to both men before he was “viciously” attacked inside his home and then pursued down the street with “makeshift weapons” where the assault continued.
Mr Green said: “It appears on the final visit Mr McKay was attacked first inside the house and was then pursued outside where he was set about viciously and severely. He resulted to die from his injuries.
“The prosecution say it was a joint attack which involved makeshift weapons. The intended target of the attack was [name], but he was not present. Mr McKay stood up to these men.”
At some point after 7pm, Mr Shreeve and Mr Hainsworth entered the property in Buckingham Street where they approached Mr McKay, who was stood in his kitchen with a friend.
One of them asked him ‘have you seen him?’ referring to Mr McKay’s housemate.
The court heard he replied that he had not, before he was called a liar and then punched by one of the men, which the prosecution say was Mr Shreeve. The pair scuffled on the floor before Mr Hainsworth and Mr Shreeve eventually left the house.
Later that evening, at around 10.30pm, a neighbour in Buckingham Street said she heard screaming and shouting from outside and witnessed three men running out of Mr McKay’s home.
She said Mr McKay was being pursued by two men who managed to catch up with him and “set about him violently”.
Mr Green told the jury: “One or both of them used a saucepan and struck Mr McKay on at least two occasions, hitting him so hard the panhandle broke off. Both men then punched and kicked him.”
Mr McKay suffered a fractured skull and facial injuries in the attack and a bleed to the brain which he died from nine days later.
Mr McKay was lying unconscious in the street covered in blood when a woman sat having a cigarette outside her home spotted a man heading towards Barnsley Street, where he is said to have dropped a “wooden pole” near her.
“He said to her, ‘pretend you didn’t see that’,” Mr Green told the jury. “What the prosecution says is that the man who dropped what she described as a pine-coloured wooden pole was Hainsworth.
“A moment later, she saw a man walking in the same direction. He had blood on him. She asked ‘what have you been doing?’
“He replied, ‘I brayed this kid. I hit him three times and then hit him with a pan’.
“He then said something like, ‘I was doing some of my moves’ and he started to shadow box. Her presumption was that he was under the influence of alcohol.”
Mr Shreeve was arrested just hours later at his home where police found him hiding underneath the floorboards of his kitchen.
Mr Green said: “He became rigid and refused to move. He resisted but was taken to a police van and once in the back he stood up and was non-compliant.
“He began to tense his body up and clench his jaw. He was breathing rapidly and salivating.”
Bodycam footage from one of the arresting officers showed Mr Shreeve getting put into the back of the van where he is heard shouting “I have done f*** all”.
He then threatened to go into a fit if officers did not let him go and then shortly afterwards had an episode or pretended to.
Mr Hainsworth was arrested in Clough Road at 7pm that same day. At the time of their arrests, Mr McKay was still alive.
Officers seized items of clothing found at Mr Shreeve's home in Barnsley Street. They included a pair of Nike Air Max trainers, a black hooded top, a jumper and a pair of shorts, all of which were stained in blood.
A black bin bag with Hainsworth’s fingerprints was also found in the loft of Shreeve’s home which contained clothing relating to Mr Hainsworth.
A wooden pole was found behind a TV which had Mr McKay’s blood and Mr Hainsworth’s fingerprints marked on it.
A red saucepan without a handle was also seized and two broken pieces from the panhandle were discovered in Buckingham Street.
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Mr Shreeve gave no comment when he was interviewed by police, however, Mr Hainsworth pinned the attack on his co-defendant saying Mr Shreeve conducted a “sick attack”.
Mr Green said: “He [Mr Hainsworth] said he had not been involved in the attack on McKay but he was present when Mr Shreeve launched an unprovoked assault.
“He described the attack as sick. He said he stayed about five or six feet away from the assault to which Mr McKay was being subjected to by Shreeve.
“The prosecution agrees with the categorisation but our case is that he [Mr Hainsworth] was also involved in this sick attack”.
On July 17, two days after Mr McKay died in hospital, Mr Shreeve is said to have made admission to a prison officer about the attack, saying he was acting in self-defence.
“Shreeve claimed that a male called Luke had gone to a house to sort out an issue over a mobile phone," said Mr Green.
“He went on to say that when they got to the house they ended up kicking the door off its hinges and were confronted by a male with a baseball bat and a pan and an altercation took place.
“Shreeve told the officer he got possession of the pan and hit the occupant causing him to fall to the ground. Shreeve claimed his trainers were blood-stained due to him attempting to move the occupant.
“That was his limited admission. What the prosecution actually say is that what happened goes way beyond that.”
The trial continues.
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