BRENTWOOD — The trial for a Portsmouth man charged with beating a man outside of The Page Restaurant in 2012 began on Tuesday with jurors listening to testimony from friends of the alleged victim and a former worker from the now-defunct nightspot.
Josiah Mayo, 26, is facing charges of first- and second-degree assault for striking Zachary Green around 1 a.m. on July 15, 2012, just after the two had left The Page and exchanged words while walking along the Vaughn Mall.
Jurors on Tuesday heard testimony from Green and several other witnesses called by the state.
The jury also watched video footage recorded by outdoor security cameras owned by The Page which showed Green leaving the dance club with friends. At least two state witnesses who were with Green on the night he was hit told the jury that they saw their friend fall to the ground, but they failed to identify Mayo, or describe the alleged assailant. Prosecutors argued that Mayo knocked Green unconscious by striking him in the head. James Tulow, 54, of Rye, a former security guard at The Page, testified that he did not see Green getting hit outside the club because he was focused on another patron mouthing off to one of his co-workers. “It looked like it was getting so heated so I just went over there,” Tulow testified.
Tulow told jurors that closing time at The Page was usually hectic.
“It’s pretty tough sometimes to clear that area,” Tulow testified. “Sometimes they don’t have a good attitude towards staff or whatever.”
Tulow said he saw Green unconscious on the ground while trying to diffuse the situation with his co-worker and an unruly patron.“You could tell he was out. If you ever watch a boxing match and you see a guy get knocked out, his hands are up a little bit,” Tulow testified. Tulow acknowledged under questioning by prosecutors that he knew Mayo’s mother as an acquaintance, and did not identify Mayo or his brother immediately to Portsmouth police.
“I was reluctant in the sense that I felt like I was ratting somebody out for something ,” he testified.
The Page Restaurant closed its doors permanently on June 21 in the wake of another assault on its lower-level dance floor near closing time on April 6.
Zachary O’Neill, 24, of Dover is charged with manslaughter and first-degree assault for beating 24-year-old Joshua Krantz, who died hours later from his injuries.
Police say O’Neill attacked Krantz, of Dover, because he spilled a drink on him earlier in the night.
A Jan. 27 trial date has been set for O’Neill case.