A Thame resident has described seeing a car flip over on to its roof shortly before Joshua Harling died from a stab wound.
Prosecutors allege that Nathan Braim, 20, of Broadwaters Avenue, Thame, and Benjamin Eyles, 19, of Monks Hollow, Buckinghamshire, killed Joshua Harling, from Oxford, on the night of July 22 last year – which they both deny.
Accountant Mr Harling was found in his crashed car on Chinnor Road, Thame, but could not be saved.
Yesterday, Hannah Bogard took to the stand at Oxford Crown Court where she described Mr Harling’s car crash after he had allegedly been involved in a fight.
Mr Harling was the driver of the car and the passenger was a 15-year-old boy, a friend of Mr Harling who had appeared in court as a witness last week.
Ms Bogard told the court that the boy ‘was in a state of shock’ as he climbed out of the upside down car and brushed glass off himself.
She said she then ‘ran’ down the stairs to see him and described him as having blood ‘all over his clothes’, a bloody nose, scrapes up his arm and that he pulled two teeth out of his mouth in front of her.
The court heard that the boy tried to ‘get away’ but that he ‘didn’t get very far’. Ms Bogard said that as he was in shock, she told him to ‘calm down’ and that he needed to be checked by a paramedic.
Ms Bogard said that when the neighbour came over, he asked the boy what injuries Mr Harling had and the boy replied, ‘he’s been stabbed’..
Dr Matthew Lyle, who conducted the post-mortem on Mr Harling, said from the stab wound, it was ‘certainly possible the blade was longer than 10 centimetres’.
The trial continues at 10:15am.