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Murder Trial: Paramedic gives evidence

Thu, 19 Mar 2015

"I thought I was going to get killed so I went for it" - that's what a Castletown man told medical staff in 2013 after being arrested for murder.

Jurors at Douglas Courthouse yesterday heard evidence from the emergency services who attended Ian Anderson's home on Queen Street in the early hours of December 1st.

It is here the 46-year-old is accused of murdering 60-year-old Ballabeg man Neil Roberts - a charge he denies.

PC Adam Tomlinson, who was the second police officer on scene, described how he found Anderson in an "agitated" state with a number of injuries including swelling and bruising to his face.

After arresting him he recorded the comments he made, in both the police van and ambulance - in his pocket notebook - as he went on to escort him to hospital for treatment.

PC Tomlinson told the jury one of the comments he noted was Anderson stating "that guy has come into my house and attacked me - I've hit him three times - what was I supposed to do?"

Statements from the paramedics were also read out in court detailing how they tried to perform CPR on Mr Robert's and re-establish an airway but were unsuccessful - one described his face as having "totally collapsed".

Evidence from the paramedic who treated Anderson on the way to hospital described how he repeatedly told him he had been "fighting for his life".

The trial continues.

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