A dad who allegedly stabbed a burglar to demise after he discovered him raiding his dwelling faked fears his household have been ‘in danger’ to justify the violence, a court docket has heard.
Karl Townsend, 32, and his half-brother Jamie Cunningham, 23, are stated to have armed themselves with ‘large knives’ after being alerted to a break-in by his sensible doorbell digicam system on the night of October 29 final 12 months.
The pair, who have been at their mother and father’ home close by, rushed to the property on Beechwood Avenue, Liverpool, discovering 31-year-old Jordan Brophy and two unidentified accomplices.
Prosecutors say Townsend repeatedly stabbed Brophy within the face and neck so laborious that the blade broke twice, leaving shards embedded in his mind, and pierced his jugular vein, inflicting ‘catastophic blood loss’ that killed him ‘almost instantaneously’.
The defendant is accused of ‘lying through his teeth’ as claimed the intruders had attacked him with a knife, telling detectives that his actions have been ‘only ever in defence of myself, my family and the property’.
Jurors at Liverpool Crown Court have been advised Townsend was conscious that his companion, Amelia Rigby, and their youngster have been out on the time of the incident.
He can also be stated to have acted suspiciously within the aftermath, disposing of a damaged numberplate in a close-by avenue, and made a second 999 name greater than 40 mnutes after his different brother, Sean, first alerted police to the incident.
CCTV footage confirmed the three burlgars and a getaway driver arriving outdoors the home in a black hatchback earlier than Brophy climbed over a aspect gate at 6.33pm.
Brophy was seen utilizing a stone to smash a aspect door window and enter along with his two accomplices, whereas Ms Rigby was strolling up the road along with her youngster and canine.
At 6.35pm, Townsend made a name to Ms Rigby lasting 19 seconds – after which she walked ‘away from her home address’, the court docket was advised.
Prosecuting, Richard Pratt QC stated: ‘You may think it is blindingly obvious that by the end of that phone call he knew she was not at home and more than that, she knew not to go home.’
Mr Pratt stated CCTV confirmed each brothers have been armed with knives as they entered, and that one of many unnamed burglars was additionally armed as he left.
What occurred inside the house was not captured on digicam, however 24 seconds after Townsend and his brother stepped inside, the burglars have been seen exiting via the aspect door.
In footage captured instantly afterwards, Brophy could possibly be heard shouting ‘I can’t see’.
Townsend’s automobile was then seen leaving the road, at which level he referred to as one other man ‘at a time when he would claim to be consumed with concern for the wellbeing of his partner and child’, Mr Pratt added.
Mid-call, the automobile returned and smashed right into a backyard wall outdoors a neighbouring home.
The court docket was advised he may then be heard ‘addressing Jordan Brophy and accusing him of robbing his house’ because the dying man’s accomplices tried to get him into their automobile.
Neighbour Rachel Blaney rang 999 and, referring to Townsend by identify, stated she noticed him punching a person ‘pinned up’ in opposition to a automobile.
Mr Pratt stated: ‘If her account is appropriate, there may be no severe query of self-defence. He was not merely being punched. He was being stabbed repeatedly. He was unarmed and defenceless. He was additionally gravely wounded.
‘He posed, we say, no serious danger to anyone – let alone to a man with a knife in his hand, even if the knife had already been broken.’
Comments between Cunningham and Ms Rigby have been captured after Sean Townsend phoned 999 at 6.41pm and left the telephone related.
Jurors have been advised that Ms Rigby could possibly be heard saying: ‘They must’ve knew I used to be out – think about if I used to be in there.’
Mr Pratt stated Cunningham didn’t reply by saying ‘but we thought you were in the house Amelia’ or ‘anything like it’, regardless of later telling detectives he and his brother thought she could have been inside.
He added: ‘In that perhaps unguarded moment Jamie Cunningham reveals that he was very much a part of what had happened to Jordan Brophy.’
Jurors have been advised Townsend went to close by Pendleton Green, the place police later discovered a damaged registration plate in a bush.
Mr Pratt added: ‘Why would this shocked man, who has done no more than to defend himself, feel the need to dispose of a broken registration plate?’
At 7.24pm, Townsend referred to as 999 to make ‘his own complaint’, the prosecutor continued, including: ‘Put simply, the prosecution case is he is lying through his teeth.’
Townsend and Cunningham, each of Penmann Crescent, Halewood, deny homicide and possessing a bladed article. The trial continues.
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