A 14-year-old boy with a fixation with knives fatally stabbed a man in the heart, a court has been told.
Bristol Crown Court heard the boy got into an argument with 39-year-old Darren Edgington outside a shop in Grosvenor Road, St Paul’s, on June 21 this year.
The jury heard Mr Edgington, who lived in Bristol but grew up in Cheltenham, was fatally stabbed about 100 yards away from the shop.
It is claimed Mr Edgington chased the boy, and the 14-year-old said “I’m going to kill” before stabbing him.
The teenager denies murder and his trial started at Bristol Crown Court today (December 10).
‘I’ve been stabbed’
In his opening speech Andrew Langdon QC, prosecuting, said Mr Edgington was seen to hold his yellow YoBike up in the air, facing the boy, as if fending off an attack.
Mr Langdon said witness Nico Newbury saw the immediate aftermath of the stabbing, with the boy’s arm out with a knife he had just used in his hand and Mr Edgington saying: “I’ve been stabbed.”
The jury was told Mr Edgington staggered to the edge of the road, bleeding from a stab wound which had fatally penetrated his heart.
When he raised his T-shirt, Mr Newbury told him to put his hand on his wound while he called an ambulance.
Mr Newbury then tried to apprehend the boy, the court heard, as others as the scene cycled away.
As the chase continued it was joined by PCSO Mohammed Gremany, but the boy was able to get away.
The boy was identified from CCTV and arrested, the court heard.
In a prepared statement to police he denied stabbing anyone.
Previous arrest for carrying hunting knife
The prosecutor said on July 31 last year, when aged 13, the accused was arrested while carrying a hunting knife and given a conditional caution.
On December 18 last year, in Essex, he was again found with a hunting knife in public.
On June 19 – two days before the alleged murder – he was with an engagement worker in a cafe when a knife fell out of his pocket.
On June 20 – the night before the alleged murder – his grandmother saw a knife on his bed and photographed it.
The jury heard the boy’s iPhone showed he tried to buy two knives online in February, but failed without proof of age.
In early June he repeatedly looked at news stories of fatal stabbings on his phone.
There were more than 600 images of knives on his phone – 200 of which were created in the month before Mr Edguington’s death – as well as a video clip of him holding a flick knife in his bedroom.
Mr Langdon said: “The prosecution says (the boy’s) fixation with knives, and his habitual possession of them, including in public, provides ample further reason to be sceptical about his account of where the knife came from, the knife that killed Darren Edgington.
“The fact is, that though he is only 14, he has an established history of carrying knives.
“He had an interest in the use of knives by others to stab.
“The prosecution say a knife was in his possession before, during and after his killing of Darren Edgington.
“It is a knife he subsequently disposed of and he has not told us when or where he did so.”
The case continues. You can follow live updates from the trial here.
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