AN amateur boxer received more than 50 stab wounds when he was subjected to a frenzied attack with a flick knife in pub toilets, a court heard.
Craig Maddocks, 34, of Llay, died of “shock and haemorrhaging” brought on by multiple wounds to the neck and chest, a murder trial jury at Mold Crown Court was told yesterday.
Francesco John Prevete, 46, of Weale Court, Wrexham, denies murdering Mr Maddocks in the gents toilets at the Cambrian Vaults pub on Town hill, Wrexham, in the early hours of June 26 last year.
The jury was told the previous day Prevete had attended his father’s funeral and in the evening had been at the wake at Llay Royal British Legion where, it is alleged, he was seen to have a flick knife.
Prosecuting barrister Karl Scholz said at about 12.23am the following morning both he and Mr Maddocks entered the toilets.
“Once inside the toilet, they both, the crown says, entered the cubicle and the door was closed.
“Within minutes, in that confined space, Mr Maddocks was stabbed to death. In all he suffered 52 incised wounds.
“Some were shallow puncture wounds, others deeply penetrating stab wounds,” he said.
One wound, to the right side of his neck, listed as wound number 50, punctured the jugular vein which would have led to massive bleeding.
Two wounds penetrated the chest, one penetrating the heart, resulting in massive internal bleeding.
Another wound to the back of the neck, which had characteristics of both cutting and stabbing, “almost completely severed the underlying spinal cord”.
Mr Scholz told the jury: “This wound would have paralysed Craig Maddocks from the neck down and would have caused him to stop breathing, if he was not already dead.”
Consultant forensic pathologist Dr Brian Rogers conducted a post mortem examination and recorded the cause of death as shock and haemorrhaging as a result of multiple incised wounds to the neck and chest.
The flick knife used was found in the toilet bowl, the jury was told.
Mr Scholz said a forensic scientist had developed and photographed an area of ridge detail left by a hand in blood on the wall of the cubicle and on the inside and outside of the door.
Each of the impressions revealed sufficient characteristics to be capable of comparison – and were found to have been made by the fingers or palms of the defendant, the jury was told.
Prevete claimed in police interview they went to the toilets to use cocaine and he did not enter the cubicle, but when he later looked he saw Mr Maddocks inside with a knife stabbed in his back.
It is suggested by the prosecution Prevete may have questioned the deceased about debts said to be owed to his family and may have lost his temper due to Mr Maddocks’ response.
Prevete denies murder and claims he is not the killer.
The defence are also putting forward an alternative defence that, if the jury finds he did the act, he did it in the aftermath of an epileptic event and he was labouring under an insane automatism.
The trial, before Mr Justice Jeremy Baker QC, is proceeding.