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Sean Annandale murder trial: Victim died 'after confrontation with teenager', court hears

Jamal Buckle denies murder of 22-year-old after Golcar fracas

A man died from a fatal stab wound to the heart after a teenager intervened in an early hours row outside his flat in Huddersfield, a court has heard.

The prosecution has alleged that Jamal Buckle armed himself with a knife before he left his flat on Elmfield Avenue, Golcar, and became involved in a confrontation with Sean Annandale last August.

During fighting between the two men Mr Annandale, 22, from Lindley, was stabbed three times in the chest and once in the thigh.

After the alleged stabbing Buckle, now 18, was one of several people who contacted the emergency services, but he was then driven away from the scene, the court was told.

Murder scene, Elmfield Avenue Golcar.

Buckle has denied murdering Mr Annandale, who was pronounced dead at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.

A second man, 23-year-old Shervin Soltani, of Hawthorne Way, Shelley, has pleaded not guilty to assisting an offender by driving Buckle away in a Peugeot car after the stabbing.

Opening the case to a jury at Bradford Crown Court prosecutor Simon Waley said Mr Annandale had been involved in an argument with Leah Owen outside the flats when Buckle lent out of his window and told them to “chill out”.

Mr Waley alleged that after a confrontation between the two men lasting about 30 seconds Mr Annandale was seen to slump to the ground with his eyes rolling back in his head.

Buckle was seen holding what looked like a flick knife and was heard to say that it was an accident and he didn’t mean to do it.

During his police interviews Buckle described two confrontations with Mr Annandale and claimed that he had picked up the knife from the ground.

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Buckle claimed that during the second incident he had “punched” Mr Annandale while he still had the knife in his hand.

Mr Waley alleged that Buckle had got the order of events wrong and pointed out that all the other witnesses had said the stabbing occurred during the initial incident.

“The defendant was for saying he thought he had been throwing punches, and though he accepted causing those injuries to Sean Annandale, he was saying to the police that this had been unintentional in the sense that he hadn’t been intending to stab him he had been intending to punch him,” said Mr Waley.

Mr Waley told the jury that it was the prosecution’s case that Buckle deliberately caused the death of Mr Annandale and he had no lawful excuse.

“The prosecution case is that Mr Buckle came down from his flat armed with a knife....and there followed a short scuffle between Mr Buckle and Sean Annandale in which Mr Buckle deliberately and forcefully stabbed Sean three times in the chest and once in the thigh,” said Mr Waley.

He submitted that Buckle was “armed and ready” for a confrontation with an unarmed man and the stabbing went far beyond what could be considered to be lawful self defence.

The trial continues.


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