Man stands trial over murder of housemate

PUBLISHED: 08:32 25 January 2012 | UPDATED: 08:48 25 January 2012

Police carrying out their investigation of the property in Alfred Street

Police carrying out their investigation of the property in Alfred Street

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A MAN beat and kicked his housemate to death in a fight over £20, a court has heard.

Martin Hill stands accused of murder at Bristol Crown Court after the death of Paul Birch last year.

On Tuesday the court heard that Hill had let 26-year-old Mr Birch into the property they shared in Alfred Street, Weston, on May 31 before punching him to the floor and stamping on his head.

Michael Fitton, prosecuting, said the argument that led to the incident had been sparked by £20 that had been owed by Hill to Mr Birch.

Mr Fitton told the jury that the attack left Mr Birch unconscious on the floor and that another man, Lloyd Pope, had pulled Hill off him.

Mr Birch was taken to his bedroom, and despite ambulance crews being called twice, he refused to go to hospital for treatment.

He eventually relented to being taken and was taken to Weston General Hospital on June 1, before being transferred to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol.

Doctors found a blood clot between his skull and brain and operated to take a piece of his skull out to remove the pressure.

Despite the operation and care he received, he died on June 3 at about 11.15pm.

Hill, aged 37, denies murder.

The trial continues and is expected to last nine days.

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