Wrexham murder accused said he found victim with knife in back

Published date: 13 June 2014 |
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A WREXHAM man accused of murdering  amateur boxer Craig Maddocks in a pub toilet said he found  him covered in blood and with a knife stuck in his back.

Francesco John Prevete told a murder tria l jury he took the knife out and tried several times to pick Mr Maddocks up to try and get him out.

Giving evidence on the seventh day of the trial at Mold Crown Court, he said  he had only tried to help Mr Maddocks, who he had known all his life.

He said he was in a world of his own after it happened but denied  murdering the father of his niece’s daughter.

The jury has heard Mr Maddocks was found to have 52 wounds.

The pathologist told how there had been 48 separate knife blade contacts.

He found six deeply penetrative stab wounds – others were shallow puncture wounds.

Two had penetrated the chest and one or both had entered the heart – causing catastrophic bleeding.  

The spinal cord had been all but severed which would have paralysed him from the neck down and he would have been unable to breathe.

The prosecution say he was subjected to a frenzied attack with a flick knife in toilets at the Cambrian Vaults, Wrexham.

Mr Maddocks, 34, from Llay, died of “shock and haemorrhaging” brought on by multiple wounds to the neck and chest.

Prevete, 46, of Weale Court, Wrexham, denies murdering Mr Maddocks in the early hours of June 26 last year.

He claims at Mold Crown Court that he did not do it.

But he is running an alternative defence if the jury find he had done it, that he was labouring under an insane automatism at the time following an epileptic episode.


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