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Accused points the finger at pal; Man denies brutal New Year's party murder.

Byline: ROB KENNEDY

ALLEGED murderer Russell Gladstone has denied attacking tragic dad Barry Self -and pinned the blame on his coaccused.

Gladstone says his former friend Paul Robinson carried out the brutal New Year's assault which killed electrical engineer Mr Self.

Prosecutors claim both Robinson and Gladstone set upon the victim after all three ended up at the same house party in Gateshead.

Now Gladstone has denied taking part in the attack and said he had lied to police afterwards about what happened only because he was scared of Robinson.

Gladstone told jurors at Newcastle Crown Court "Robinson knocked him out and was on top of him and punched him a good few times then got up and stamped on him.

"I know what I saw. It's not true I did the stamping. I lied to the police afterwards because I was frightened of Robinson. I did not kick, stamp, punch or rob him. I was frightened, it meant having to grass Robinson up."

Gladstone, 44, said he was standing at the backdoor when he saw Robinson attack dad of one Mr Self in a back lane near the party, on Underwood, Leam Lane, Gateshead.

BEATEN UP Barry Self died Prosecutors say after former amateur boxer Robinson had knocked out the victim, Gladstone joined in. But Gladstone said after seeing Robinson's attack he went back inside and only went back out to put Mr Self in the recovery position.

He denies going through Mr Self's pockets as he lay injured and said he had only been washing blood off his hands after getting it on them while turning Mr Self on his side.

Gladstone said: "I was nowhere near, If there was blood on my hands or clothing it's because I had put him in the recovery position.

"I also got rid of my clothing because I was scared of what I had seen and there probably would have been blood on my clothing."

Mr Self, 38, from Blyth, suffered serious brain injuries which he died from a few days later. Robinson, 39, of Beech Street, Jarrow, and Gladstone, of Carr Hill, Gateshead, both deny murder. The trial continues.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
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Date:Dec 15, 2010
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