TWO men were hit by a car and had to be taken to hospital following a brawl outside an Oxford takeaway last year, a court heard yesterday.

The jury at Oxford Crown Court was told how Adam Doyle, 27, of Ladder Hill, Wheatley, and Dexter Williams, 24, of Coriander Way, Greater Leys, were injured near the Taste of Jamaica, in Cowley Road, Littlemore.

Prosecutor Robert Spencer-Bernard said they were on opposite sides of a fight which started outside the takeaway at around 7.30pm on July 29 last year.

He said the two men were struck by a black Vauxhall Astra associated with Williams’ side of the brawl, which also included Andre Hurst, 25, of Broad Street, Banbury, and Waqas Khan, 20, of Furlong Close, Oxford.

Mr Spencer-Bernard said Williams was found by police with facial injuries and blood flowing from his mouth at the William Morris pub in Between Towns Road. He said when an officer tried to question him all the defendant said was: “I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe, I don’t know, I don’t know.”

Pc Gareth Herniman said he found Doyle sitting in Champion Way with a black eye and cuts to his face. Both Doyle and Williams were then taken to Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital, where they were arrested.

Hurst and Khan were arrested near the William Morris pub. All four men deny one count of violent disorder and one count of possessing offensive weapons.

The trial continues.