A police officer found the ‘brains’ of a man caught up in a vicious love triangle “splattered” on the pavement, the Old Bailey heard.
PC Dean Williams made the gruesome discovery after James White allegedly battered 33-year-old Paul Flory over the head with a baseball bat.
A jury was told Mr Flory was lured to Dovedale Close, Harefield, west London by ex-girlfriend Crystal Culhane, 22, on August 18, last year.
White, 22, then tried to murder him with the bat, it is claimed.
Giving evidence PC Williams said: “I spotted what I suspected to be brain matter. There was claret splattered on the floor.”
Mr Flory was left with horrific injuries to his head and body and found in a critical condition by members of the public.
He was rushed to hospital where paramedics battled to save his life.
Earlier Tyrone Silcott, prosecuting, said: “There is no dispute that Mr Flory was subject to an attack at that time and in a location very near to Mr White’s address.
“Due to the severity of the attack and injuries sustained Mr Flory is unable to assist with who attacked him.
“The attack was vicious and frenzied leaving Mr Flory with horrific life-threatening injuries.
“The paramedics who treated Mr Flory at the scene found him unconscious with very severe head injuries and major fractures to the skull, front and back and major swelling to the eyes and face with massive bleeding.
“He also had massive bruising to his abdomen and chest. It is a miracle he survived the attack.’
“Mr White and Ms Culhane lured Paul Flory to a location near Mr White’s address at approximately 1:30am on 18th August 2019.
“Once Mr Flory attended, he was on his mobile phone in contact with or trying to contact Ms Culhane.
“Mr White then left his address where he had spent the evening with Ms Culhane and attacked Mr Flory with a baseball bat.”
Mr Silcott said Mr Flory had been in a long-term relationship with Culhane but there was a history of domestic violence.
“Mr Flory, had recently served a period in custody for assaulting Ms Culhane,” he told jurors.
“He was convicted despite Ms Culhane refusing to assist the prosecution.
“Despite being forbidden from having contact by the courts, Mr Flory and Ms Culhane had re-ignited their relationship.
“In the days leading up to the attack on Mr Flory, Ms Culhane had also rekindled a relationship with Mr White having previously had a short romantic relationship with him some years before.’
Culhane, of West Drayton, denies attempted murder and White, of Uxbridge, denies attempted murder and having an offensive weapon.
The trial continues.