EYE-WITNESSES saw a man swing a 30cms sword at a young dad, a jury heard.
Ryan Christopher Windsor and Ben Richards witnessed the fight between 21-year-old Danny Jones, of Chirk, and Richard Reece, 19, of Oswestry, which resulted in the fatal stabbing of Mr Jones on April 24.
Reece denies murder.
Mr Windsor had been in a youth centre in Oswestry close to the scene of the incident in Lord Street, but came out when he heard there was a fight going on.
He did not immediately understand the severity of the fatal wound inflicted on Mr Jones.
“I could see blood but I thought Ricky just had a pole,” he told Birmingham Crown Court yesterday
“I thought the edge of the pole was just a bit sharp and had cut him a little bit.”
He recalled the moments immediately before Mr Jones was stabbed.
He could see the weapon, which was a 30cms (12-inch) ornamental small sword or large knife, in Reece’s hand.
“I saw Danny approach Ricky and he started punching him again.
“That’s when he [Ricky] turned round and swung the weapon at him.”
The court heard Reece’s arm stopped at Danny’s body, indicating it had made contact with him.
“There wasn’t any major reaction at first,” Mr Windsor said.
“Danny carried on punching Ricky two or three more times.
“Then he started to slow down and dropped to his knees, then down to the floor.
“Once he was on the floor I didn’t see him move again.”
Mr Richards, who was playing five-a-side football when the fight spilled onto the recreation ground, confirmed he also saw Reece’s arm swinging as Mr Jones approached him, but he thought he was “just warning him off”.
He said: “I couldn’t see a gap between them when Ricky’s arm was swinging but I didn’t actually see the contact.”
He heard Mr Jones shouting “come on then” as he approached Reece with the knife.
“I just wondered what was going to happen,” he added.
“Was he going to do it?”
Mr Richards caught Reece’s dog, which had escaped from his house in Lord Street when the fight began, and took it over to where Reece was standing near Mr Jones.
Blood could be seen on Mr Jones’ hands and stomach and on the hands of Zoe Pallatina, Reece’s girlfriend at the time, and their friend Ian Gill.The pair had put pressure on the wound to try and stop it bleeding.
“Ricky seemed oblivious to what had just happened,” Mr Windsor added.
“But then he looked panicked.”
Reece ran off holding the weapon as the sound of sirens was heard.
The case continues.