A YOUNG mum screamed at her partner seconds before his friend was fatally stabbed in the stomach.
Zoe Palatina shouted at Ricky Reece to “take that thing back where you got it from” when she saw the father of her child holding a 30cm-blade sword.
Moments later, Danny Jones, 21, of Chirk, suffered a stab wound to the stomach.
Birmingham Crown Court, where Reece, 19, denies murder, heard yesterday that the two men had been fighting in Lord Street and Oak Street car park in Oswestry on April 24 after a comment was made about Mr Jones’ three-year-old son.
Both men had been drinking beer and spirits.
Miss Pallatina, 19, and her friend Ian Gill told the court they had tried to break up the fight but, with the young mum clutching her daughter with one arm and Mr Gill trying his best to retrieve the couple’s dog which had escaped , the pair were unable to prevent what happened.
Reece eventually ran off towards his home in Lord Street and, according to Miss Pallatina, Mr Jones phoned his cousin and told him to “come down”.
Miss Pallatina said: “Danny was going mad about his car [he claimed Reece had jumped up and down on it]. The roof was completely caved in,” she said.
“I started swearing about Rick... then we saw him just staring at us. He was pretty still. I saw a long blade in his hand.”
The prosecution showed the weapon in court and Miss Pallatina broke down at the sight.
She said Reece was originally holding the sword with the point towards the floor.
But as Mr Jones rose and “became aggressive” again, Reece “lifted it up, pointing it towards us at about stomach height”.
She screamed at him over and over again to drop it.
“Danny kept going forward [towards Reece] and then did a really drunk run at him, stumbling everywhere. Ricky stepped back a bit and then the only thing I saw was his face changing. He looked shocked.”
Neither Miss Pallatina nor Mr Gill saw exactly how the blade entered Mr Jones’ body but Miss Pallatina said the next moment Mr Jones was holding his stomach and she rushed to him.
Reece, of Lord Street, Oswestry, fled the scene after Miss Pallatina screamed at him: “Get out of my sight. I never want to see you again and you’ll never see your child again.”
The case continues.