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MTV star punched outside Archway pub died from brain bleed, jury told

Man denies manslaughter, telling police he was scared and acted in self-defence

06 March, 2020 — By Calum Fraser

‘Big Al’ Mavredis with his sisters Cleo, left, and Angela

A MECHANIC who had starred in an MTV television series died from being punched in the head after an argument in a pub, a court has heard.

Alciveadis Mavredis, 59, was hit twice in the head by Leon Tayler after the incident at the Royal Oak pub near the Elthorne estate in Archway last year, a jury at Snaresbrook Crown Court was told on Wednesday.

The second punch resulted in Mr Mavredis, who was known as Al or “Big Al” by his friends, hitting his head on the pavement, fracturing his skull and causing a bleed to the brain which eventually killed him.

Mr Tayler, 26, from Upper Holloway, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of manslaughter. He has said he acted in self-defence.

Mr Mavredis, who had starred in the MTV’s Pimp My Ride UK, and Mr Tayler had known each other as regulars at the pub, the trial has heard, and had been talking outside.

Prosecuting barrister Simon Denison QC said: “Mr Mavredis made an insulting remark to the defendant about his mother saying he had footage of his mother dancing naked in his flat.

“It was not true but when he said that it made the defendant very angry.”

The jury was shown CCTV footage of Mr Mavredis, who had previously suffered from a stroke, and Mr Tayler arguing outside the pub.
Mr Mavredis later walked away and got into his car.

But the dispute continued and Mr Tayler then kicked Mr Mavredis’s car door which “appeared to annoy Mr Mavredis who then walked towards” Mr Tayler, Mr Denison said.

He added: “The defendant backed away and then got himself ready for a fight. Then he stepped forward and punched Mr Mavredis hard in the face.

“Mr Mavredis went down on one knee as he tried to steady himself and then the defendant punched him again. This time Mr Mavredis fell back, his head hitting the concrete surface of the road with force and he did not get up from that combination of blows.”

Mr Mavredis was driven to his home nearby in Beachcroft Way. An ambulance was called several hours later and paramedics rushed him to the hospital where he remained in a coma.

He died 18 days later.

The court was told that when Mr Tayler was interviewed by police under caution he claimed that he had been “scared” when Mr Mavredis came towards him and he hit him in “self-defence”.

The prosecution read out text messages to the jury which Mr Tayler sent in the moments after the attack. The court was told that in one he wrote to a friend: “Word, man got knocked out for talking about man’s mum.”

Mr Mavriedes was well known around Hornsey Road and his family described him as a “free spirit” and a “really talented mechanic” who was “full of life”.

The trial continues.

Sister stuck in virus-hit Italian city

THE sister of mechanic “Big Al” Mavredis has been prevented from attending court due to travel restrictions imposed after the coronavirus outbreak, writes Calum Fraser.

Cleopatra Mavredis, 57, was due this week to attend the trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court of Leon Tayler, 27, who stands accused of manslaughter.

But Ms Mavredis has been told she may face being quarantine for 14 days if she flies to the UK from her home in Milan after Covid-19 outbreak in the Lombardy region.

Italian authorities have quarantined several towns in the area and residents in Milan have been told that the city may be sealed off in a bid to stem the spread of the virus.

Ms Mavredis told the Tribune: “I am torn. I want to get on a plane and come but I can’t, or I can, but I would face consequences.

There’s a chance I could be quaran­tined for 14 days the moment I arrive and the court case is only due to last a week. I feel bad there is no family there. I don’t know what to do.”

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