George Floyd’s younger brother has broken down in court as he recalled “the leader of our household” who made sure they got to school and made “the best banana mayonnaise sandwiches”.

Father-of-two Philonise Floyd, 39, shed tears as he was shown a picture of his late mother and a young George.

“That’s my oldest brother George. I miss both of them,” he said.

Philonise Floyd took the stand as part of an effort by prosecutors to humanise his brother to the court and make him more than a crime statistic.

The state of Minnesota allows “spark of life” testimony such as this during a trial.

George Floyd at High School
Image: George Floyd at High School

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, is on trial accused of killing George Floyd by putting his knee on the 46-year-old black man’s neck during an arrest last May.

His younger brother described growing up in a poor area of Houston with George and their other siblings.

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“He used to make the best banana mayonnaise sandwiches. And he used to make the best syrup sandwiches because George couldn’t cook, he couldn’t boil water,” he said.

He said that as a child, George used to mark his height on the wall, because he loved sports and wanted to grow taller.

And he said his brother was someone he always went to for advice.

The trial continues.