A YOUNG Irish Traveller suffered a catastrophic head injury when he was killed at an M25 service station earlier this year, a court has heard.
Quhey Saunders, 20, was attacked by two men in a shop at Cobham Services in Surrey on June 26.
Simon Baker, 22, and Mikey Coyle, 21, are alleged to have seized building tools from their white van before the savage killing.
Mr Saunders died three days later on June 29.
A post-mortem found that he died from a wound which entered the left hand side of his skull and went 10cm through both sides of the brain.
Barker and Coyle deny murder and are on trial at the Old Bailey in London.
The court was shown CCTV of the defendants going back to their van to retrieve a large shovel and whisk at the service station.
Jurors were told that Mr Quhey was returning from a family wedding in Wales with three family members when the group stopped at the spot for refreshments.
Around the same time, Barker and Coyle were leaving the service station when they allegedly recognised the victim.
The pair then went the wrong way around a roundabout and parked in front of Mr Quhey’s Ford Focus.
Heated words were exchanged outside the shop before a fight moved inside.
It was then that the defendants are alleged to have armed themselves and inflicted a “catastrophic” head injury on Mr Quhey.
Coyle was allegedly heard to shout “I’m the man” during the incident.
Baker handed himself into police the day Mr Quhey died on June 29, while Coyle went to police a few days later.
The trial continues at the Old Bailey this week.