A PUB DJ heard moaning from a toilet cubicle and when he looked found blood on the floor, a murder trial heard.
Witness Daniel Green told the jury at Mold Crown Court: “I looked under the cubicle door and I noticed blood on the floor, there was someone kneeling on the floor as if they were being sick.”
Standing behind the man on the floor was defendant Francesco John Prevete – who he called Frank, he said. Mr Green said he recognised his distinctive cowboy boots.
“I was shocked. I ran to the front door to get the doorman,” he said.
Prevete, 46, of Weale Court, Wrexham, denies murdering amateur boxer Craig Harold Maddocks, 34, of Llay, in the gents’ toilets at the Cambrian Vaults public house in Wrexham in the early hours of June 26 last year.
Mr Maddocks, a former partner of Mr Prevete’s niece, died of “shock and haemorrhaging” from multiple wounds to the neck and chest after 52 stab wounds from a flick knife, the jury has been told.
Doorman Arek Lewandowski and pub manager David Jones rushed to the toilets.
“The manager was outside the toilet stopping anyone from going in. Sometime later I got Frank a glass of lemonade,” said Mr Green.
Asked by prosecutor Karl Scholz what Prevete said had happened, he replied: “He said Craig had tried to take his own life and Frank had tried to help him. He said he knew Craig because he used to go out with his niece. Craig has a son or daughter with his niece.”
Suzanne Goddard, defending, asked if Mr Green knew Prevete, who sometimes helped run the bar at the Cambrian Vaults, and said: “Did he (Prevete) strike you as a friendly person?”
After replying “yes, he’s a great guy”, Mr Green said Prevete told him he heard moaning from the cubicle, pushed his way in, saw knife wounds and tried to stop the bleeding.
Ms Goddard said: “He was visibly shocked, he looked pale and shaken?”
He replied: “Yes.”
Mr Jones said he tried and failed at first to open the cubicle door and asked what was going on. “I got the reply ‘I’m trying to help him’,” he said
When the door opened about a foot he could see someone sitting on the toilet and told his doorman to ring for the police and ambulance.
Although he could not remember what the second man in the toilet said, in his statement to police, Mr Jones said Prevete told him: “He [Mr Maddocks] has cut himself.”
Asked what he was doing in the cubicle, Prevete said they had gone into the toilets to “do some cocaine”. Mr Jones did not believe anyone else was in the toilet or could have been hiding in a nearby cupboard. Prevete denies murder and claims he is not the killer.
The defence are also putting forward an alternative defence that, if the jury find he did the act, he did it in the aftermath of an epileptic event – labouring under an insane automatism.
Doorman Arek Lewandowski said he kicked the cubicle door open and saw “loads of blood”.
Donna Jones, a North Wales Police custody nurse, said she treated Prevete at the police station and found him polite. He told her he had been to his father‘s funeral the day before and had visited a neighbour in hospital.
He said he went to the Cambrian Vaults with a friend. His friend used drugs but he did not.
“He went on to tell me he was waiting in the urinal for his friend, got annoyed waiting and then pushed open the toilet door and he saw all the blood. At that point I asked him not to discuss the reasons for his arrest with me,” said Ms Jones.