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First aider recalls trying to save man's life at West Meadows travellers' site in Old Bailey murder trial

PUBLISHED: 18:14 08 June 2017 | UPDATED: 20:08 08 June 2017

Floral tributes left at the entrance to West Meadows Travellers' Site in the wake of the deaths of Nathan Oakley and Barry Street. Picture: ARCHANT

Floral tributes left at the entrance to West Meadows Travellers' Site in the wake of the deaths of Nathan Oakley and Barry Street. Picture: ARCHANT

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A first aider has told the Old Bailey how he tried to save one of two fatally wounded men who had been stabbed at an Ipswich travellers' site.

Police at the West Meadows travellers' site. Picture: ARCHANTPolice at the West Meadows travellers' site. Picture: ARCHANT

Barry Street was one of those alleged to have been murdered at West Meadows by the then 17-year-old Nelson Smith on December 8 last year.

The jury at Smith’s trial has heard how the teenager, who is now 18, has denied murdering Mr Street, 32, and Nathan Oakley, 18.

Smith also denies possession of a knife.

On the second day of his trial, the court watched a police video interview with Malcolm Wager, who gave Mr Street first aid after he collapsed at the entrance to West Meadows travellers’ site, in Bury Road.

Police at the gate of the West Meadows travellers' site after the incident last year. Picture: ARCHANTPolice at the gate of the West Meadows travellers' site after the incident last year. Picture: ARCHANT

Mr Street and Mr Oakley died after simmering tensions between families on the site boiled over.

Mr Wager told police he was heading home from work and had come past the Asda superstore, going towards the Claydon-bound A14, when he came across a queue of traffic.

He moved his car closer to the kerb so he could see what was happening ahead and saw a crowd of people ahead.

Mr Wager put his vehicle’s hazard warning lights on and, thinking someone had been knocked over by a car, he got out of his vehicle to go to help.

Mr Wager told police he put on his high-vis jacket and got his medical kit of out the car as he was a community first responder.

As he approached the crowd and Mr Street, who was laying on the ground, he shouted over to them to ensure they had called an ambulance.

Mr Wager told police: “A lady shouted out ‘he has been stabbed’.”

After putting on his medical gloves he began to treat Mr Street for a neck wound.

Mr Wager said when he was walking over to Mr Street he had been moving around trying to turn onto his side.

Mr Street pointed out to the first aider that he had been stabbed on his right hand side.

A bandage was put on Mr Street’s neck and Mr Wager began cutting away at the injured man’s clothes.

Mr Wager then saw a third puncture wound.

The jury heard Mr Street was thrashing around and he had to tell him that he was trying to help.

Mr Wager said: “He started to calm at that stage.”

The court was told Mr Street’s wife, Tammy, was holding the neck wound by then.

Mr Wager said the injured man was still attempting to fight against him and people were shouting that Mr Wager was a paramedic trying to help.

Police were told Mr Wager saw a blue Nissan pick-up leave West Meadows at speed and shortly afterwards a white truck also came out of West Meadows.

Mr Wager said: “The wife (Tammy) said that he was dead - ‘the person in that vehicle is dead’.”

The man in the second vehicle she was referring to was Nathan Oakley.

Shortly afterwards paramedics arrived and Mr Street was taken to hospital.

Earlier prosecutor Karim Khalil QC told the jury that Tammy Smith, Mr Street’s wife, was shown images of men two days later at a police video identity parade.

Mr Khalil said Nelson Smith’s image was in position number seven.

He told the jury: “When it was played the first time Miss Smith began to cry when the image of the defendant at position seven appeared on the screen.”

She was shown the identity parade for a second time and pointed Nelson Smith out again.

Mr Khalil said Miss Smith told the officer at that point: “That’s who killed my husband. That’s Nelson Smith.”

The trial continues.

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