Victim of violent clash was 'trying to cause trouble'
ISRAR Ellahi had been 'trying to cause a fight' on the night he received a fractured skull in a street brawl, an inquest has heard.
Karl Pearce told the inquest at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court yesterday how he had been involved in a fight with Mr Ellahi at the Sneyd Arms Hotel in Tunstall on the night of June 18, 2010.
This was just an hour before Mr Ellahi was involved in an unconnected brawl in Roundwell Street, Tunstall.
Mr Pearce, who had never seen Mr Ellahi prior to the incident, said the other man had been acting aggressively in the pub.
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Earlier in the night, the England football team had played Algeria in a World Cup match, and many of the people in the pub had been wearing England shirts.
Mr Pearce said Mr Ellahi had started shouting anti-England abuse.
Mr Pearce said: "I thought he must have been on drugs coming here and saying things like that. That's how he came across. He just came to wind people up.
"I asked him what his problem was. I told him to stop being stupid or he'd get hit. He'd come into a public house and was racist towards English people."
Bar staff eventually asked Mr Ellahi to leave after he had refused to remove his hat.
Mr Ellahi then walked towards Mr Pearce, who had been watching his confrontation with a bar maid.
Mr Pearce punched Mr Ellahi, and later claimed the other man had threatened to stab him.
The confrontation then continued outside the pub.
Mr Pearce said: "He just wanted to cause trouble. He was trying to cause a fight."