Party-goers tried to save attack victim at nightclub, court told
Party-goers who witnessed a fatal attack on a man at a star-studded party desperately tried to stem the flow of blood using their fingers and sheets of Clingfilm, a jury heard.
Phillip Sherriff, 37, was slashed with a broken bottle after jostling with media executive Ashley Charles (26) at the free event attended by celebrities including the singer Jessie J, the Old Bailey has been told.
Charles, of Nevanthon Road, Leicester, denies murder.
Tim Chase, one of the 1,500 guests at the party at Pulse nightclub, on London's South Bank, saw the two men arguing at about midnight on April 4 this year.
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He told the court: "I turned around and continued my conversation and then heard a slappy, cracky noise – to me it sounded like a plastic glass being hit.
"I saw a massive gash in the victim's neck with blood streaming out of it.
"I put my hand on it, putting on pressure, but no matter what we did it didn't stop, so I stuck my fingers in the hole in his neck and that's what stemmed it."
Another party-goer, Mark Weyman, then asked bar staff for some Clingfilm.
He said: "I administered first aid by tying plastic around the victim's neck to stem the flow of blood."
Mr Weyman had tackled Charles to the ground moments after the attack on Mr Sherriff.
"He was heading towards me, he had a complete look of panic on his face. I was in no doubt the guy staggering away had assaulted the guy who was bleeding.
"'I grabbed the suspect and got him to the ground. The bouncers approached me and I explained the guy I was holding had bottled the other guy."
The trial continues.