Neighbour heard screams on night Eltham man Mark Hayes is accused of killing brother (From News Shopper)
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Neighbour heard screams on night Eltham man Mark Hayes is accused of killing brother Sean Hayes
THE neighbour of an Eltham scaffolder accused of stabbing his brother to death was woken up by screaming on the night of the incident, a court has heard.
Mark Hayes, 53, of Eltham Green Road, is accused of murdering brother Sean Hayes outside the defendant's home in the early hours of April 27.
The 48-year-old was stabbed to death after the wake of his brother Tommy on April 26 where there had been friction and violence between family members, an Old Bailey jury has heard.
In a written statement, neighbour Krasmira Petrova told the Old Bailey: "That night I woke up to the sound of screaming.
"I didn't know to begin with whether it was real.
"When I realised it was I looked out of the window.
"The first thing I saw was a man lying on the pavement.
"As I looked at him I saw him move. He looked like he was trying to sit up.
"I also saw a young man on a mobile phone. I believe he was trying to call an ambulance.
"I saw him go back to the man on the pavement.
"He had a t-shirt which he held on the right hand side of his chest. I could see blood in this area.
"I saw the woman who lives in (that house). She seemed to be angry.
"She said 'won't you die'.
"She stood looking at the two men.
"Soon after this an ambulance and the police arrived.
"I realised it was 2am. The police and ambulance were there for some time and left at around 2.45am."
The previous day Mark Hayes and his mother Naureen had walked out of Tommy's funeral service while Sean was giving a speech, the court was told.
The jury heard how Tommy's daughter Danni Hayes said at the time: "I can't believe she's walked out of her son's own f***ing funeral."
The family separated for the wake, with some going to Charlton Park Rugby Club and others going to the Edmund Halley pub in Burnt Ash Road.
However, later that night Danni, who had moved on from the rugby club with family and friends, bumped into Mark at Wetherspoons in Lee Green.
Danni told the court: "I walked over to him and tried to talk to him.
"He said he didn't want anything to do with me for the way I reacted at the crematorium.
"I said 'I cannot believe this, you are my uncle, how can you behave like this, I have just buried my dad'.
"I started crying.
"It all kicked off from there. Everyone started rowing.
"It turned into fighting. Mark grabbed a bottle to hit my cousin Zoe with.
"He lifted a bottle up. I think I grabbed his arm and someone rugby-tackled him to the floor.
"Everyone went down. The police came soon after.
"I contacted my uncle Sean to let him know that Zoe had been hurt in the fight."
CCTV footage shown to the jury did not show Mark hitting Zoe with a bottle.
Mark Hayes denies murder.
The trial continues.