AN EYEWITNESS has told a murder trial that he saw the victim jump at the defendant moments before he was fatally injured.
Appearing via video link at Birmingham Crown Court yesterday, Joshua Fretwell said he saw 21-year-old Danny Jones from Chirk and Richard Reece, of Lord Street, fighting in Oak Street car park in the minutes before Mr Jones was wounded with a 30cm ornamental sword.
The 17-year-old, who had been in a park adjacent to the car park with friends on the evening of April 24, said he saw the pair visibly drunk, exchanging punches and rolling around on the floor on top of one another, before Mr Jones chased Reece.
He said he then saw Reece, 19, who denies murder, walk towards his home and return with an item the length of Mr Fretwell’s forearm.
In footage of a police interview shown to the jury, Mr Fretwell said he had thought the item was a baseball bat. He said: “Ricky (Reece) walked with the weapon, but he didn’t make any action to go towards him (Mr Jones).
“Then I just saw Danny jump and go to kick him (Reece) in the air.
“Danny got a punch in or two, I didn’t see any actions or Ricky going for him, then Ricky walked off towards the house and Danny keeled over on the floor.”
In cross examination Mr Fretwell said: “I think when Danny ran over to him (Reece), I think he flinched and it (the sword) pulled up.
“I think the hand that held the item came up, but I’m not sure. I couldn’t see, but I don’t think he (Reece) moved towards him (Mr Jones) and went for him.”
Mr Fretwell told the court that he went over to Mr Jones afterwards and all he ‘could see was blood’ and a wound to the father-of-one’s abdomen.
He said Zoe Pallatina, Reece's girlfriend at the time, was on the floor asking Mr Jones if he was ok, but the trainee accountant ‘couldn’t get his words out’.
Due to witness availability the trial has now been adjourned until Thursday.