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Manslaughter defendant 'admitted drug injection' on Connah's Quay man

Published date: 05 February 2014 |
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A MAN who denies injecting heroin into someone shortly before he died, had told the deceased’s brother that he had done it, it was alleged yesterday.

Anthony Williams, 41, died at his home in Connah’s Quay on February 1 last year and had a potentially lethal amount of heroin in his blood, together with a large amount of alcohol.

Gavin Smallman, formerly of Chestnut Court, Connah’s Quay, denies manslaughter.

The prosecution allege that he made an admission to the deceased’s brother that he had injected him in his hand.

Giving evidence yesterday on the second day of the trial, Stephen Williams told the jury at Mold Crown Court he entered his home in Upper Bryn Road, Connah’s Quay, and saw Smallman, 52, coming down the stairs.

“At the top of the stairs I saw our Anthony. He looked a bit unco-ordinated,” he said.
Smallman was halfway down the stairs, Anthony was behind him and ‘did not look himself’.

“He looked drowsy. I knew that there was something the matter with him,” Mr Williams explained.

Mr Williams told the jury that he asked Smallman: “What the **** has he had?”

He said Smallman replied: “He has only had 25 mils. He asked me to do it in his jugular but I said I am not doing it there.

“He said, ‘I found a vein between his finger and his thumb’.”

Smallman left by the front door and Mr Williams’ brother staggered a bit.

Their friend Ian Gelder arrived and they struggled to get him back upstairs to his bedroom.

“He remained standing for a bit and then he collapsed. His legs went from underneath him and he slumped over. He collapsed on the stairs.”

His mother was shouting, “Help Anthony, help Anthony”.

Mr Williams said his brother did not appear conscious, they put him to bed but a short while later heard a loud thud. They went upstairs and found him on the floor.

“I was not sure if he was breathing and I phoned an ambulance,” he said in reply to prosecuting barrister Jayne La Grua.

Defending barrister Paul Smith said Smallman had not said anything about injecting the man and claimed he was not even there on the stairs. Mr Williams said he was not sure if he was there when his brother collapsed, but he added: “I know what got said to me.

“I know there are certain things I cannot remember but other things will stick in my mind until the day I die.”

Anthony Williams’ mother Marie told the jury she was distraught when she saw her son struggling on the stairs of their home.

Mrs Williams said that earlier she was tidying the bedrooms and she heard her son come in and he called up: “It’s only me and Gavin.”

She did not see him, continued to tidy up and later when she went downstairs they had gone into his bedroom.

Mrs Williams said she then saw him at the top of the stairs.

He was on his own and she did not see anyone else.

The front door was open.

Her son Anthony was struggling, he fell on the turn of the stairs and she was screaming “what is the matter with you?”

Within five or 10 minutes her other son Stephen came in and she told him: “Look at the state of him”.

She said she was hysterical because she did not know what to do.

Her son Stephen and his friend Ian Gelder got him upstairs.

“He didn’t look conscious. He could manage to drag his legs but he could not speak,” she said.

Mrs Williams later found him on the floor alongside his bed, and the ambulance service was alerted.

A widow, Mrs Williams said her sons Stephen and Anthony lived with her and they had both had drug problems over the years.

She said she had two other sons living locally.

The prosecution allege that Smallman gave Anthony Williams the heroin in exchange for temazepam tablets.

Prosecution witness Ian Gelder told the jury he had heard Mr Williams on the telephone with the defendant and that he wanted to swap the tablets for an ampoule of heroin.

Later when he returned to the house he saw Mr Williams out cold and helped put him to bed.

But he said he had seen him in worse states and that he expected him to recover.

Smallman, of Cwrt Cable, Connah’s Quay, denies injecting Anthony Williams and has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter.

The trial before Judge Merfyn Hughes QC continues.

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