A teenager accused of murder broke down in tears as he told a jury how he stabbed Sean Annandale during a street confrontation last summer.
Jamal Buckle, who was just 17 when he fatally injured the 22-year-old last August, said he never intended to murder or seriously harm Mr Annandale and had only been trying to defend himself.
During his evidence to the jury at Bradford Crown Court Buckle, now 18, said he had been trying to help his neighbour and friend Leah Owen because Mr Annandale and two of his friends appeared to be “ganging up” on her as they argued outside his flat on Elmfield Avenue, Golcar.
Buckle claimed that Mr Annandale had run across the road and jumped a fence before starting to throw punches at him during the early hours disturbance.
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The defendant, who has denied the murder charge, said at one stage he was pushed onto some bins and when he ducked away from another punch he saw a knife on the ground.
Buckle said he assumed the knife had come from Mr Annandale and he picked it up in the hope that he would be left alone.
He claimed that one of Mr Annandale’s friends was holding two knives, but Buckle said he refused to take up his challenge to have a fight in the garden.
Buckle said it was during a second fight between himself and Mr Annadale that he stabbed him with the knife.
The jury has heard that Mr Annandale suffered four stab wounds, including one which penetrated his heart, but Buckle said it all happened so fast he could not remember how many times he stabbed him.
The defendant demonstrated to the jury how he had been swinging his right arm at Mr Annandale with the knife still his hand.
He accepted causing all of the injuries and suggested that the incident had lasted three to five seconds.
“And as you were doing that what were you intending to do?” asked his barrister Jason Pitter QC.
“I was trying to defend myself,” replied Buckle.
Buckle said he was feeling scared and only realised that Mr Annandale had been stabbed when he saw blood coming through his jacket.
As the tearful teenager told the jury that he didn’t mean it to happen Judge Peter Benson halted the proceedings for a short break to let Buckle compose himself.
The teenager rang the emergency services after the stabbing, but he was then driven away from the scene by his friend Shervin Soltani.
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The jury heard that Mr Annandale had been locked up in the past for an offence of violence and Buckle also had previous convictions for violent offences as a juvenile.
At the end of the prosecution case Judge Benson directed the jury to return a not guilty verdict in relation to 23-year-old Shervin Soltani, who had denied a charge of assisting Buckle with intent to impede his lawful apprehension and prosecution.
The judge made his decision following legal submissions last Friday.
The trial continues.