Man died three years after beating over grandson’s care, court told

A person died three years after struggling a “brutal” assault sparked by a call to take his grandson into care, a court has heard.

John Davies was allegedly set upon by his daughter’s boyfriend in Could 2016 and died in April 2019, aged 56.

Daniel Benitez, 31, is on trial on the Outdated Bailey accused of his homicide.

On Monday, prosecutor Tom Little KC stated: “This was a one-sided assault wherein a youthful and stronger man, the defendant, assaulted John Davies in addition to inflicting harm to the property.

“Upon the return of the deceased’s ex-wife, Lynn Davies, she got here throughout each the defendant and her ex-husband who was gravely injured.

“The defendant attacked her too, injuring her and making threats.”

In the course of the assaults at her residence in Streatham Hill, south London, Benitez took possessions, together with financial institution playing cards belonging to the victims’ son, jurors had been told.

Mr Little told jurors a problem within the case could be whether or not the assault in 2016 brought on or contributed to Mr Davies’ demise in 2019.

He stated: “The deceased by no means made any actual restoration from the extreme accidents attributable to the fists and ft of the defendant.

“We recommend…you might be prone to have little difficultly in figuring out that the defendant’s brutal assault on John Davies was the reason for his final demise.”

The connection between Mr Davies’s daughter and the defendant was “unstable” now and again and the couple blamed her mother and father when her younger son was taken into care, it was alleged.

Mr Little stated: “The rights and wrongs of the choice to take him into care are irrelevant however what shouldn’t be irrelevant is that the defendant seems to have been indignant about what he perceived to be an injustice and for which the deceased and his spouse had been partly accountable.”

Benitez, previously from Wandsworth, south London, denies homicide and the Outdated Bailey trial continues.

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