MURDER TRIAL: Defendant claims he did not intend to cause any injury with kitchen knife

Steven Smith, 23, of Trafford Road, Rushden suffered fatal stab injuries
Steven Smith, 23, of Trafford Road, Rushden suffered fatal stab injuries
  • Man on trial for murder of father-of-three who suffered fatal stab wounds in the back and neck
  • Defendant tells court he “did not intend to cause his friend any harm”
  • Prosecution claims accused stabbed his friend in “an act of pure aggression”
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The man accused of inflicting fatal stab wounds on his friend in his Northamptonshire home said he did not intend to cause any injury when he picked up a kitchen knife, a court heard.

Danney Beaumont, aged 26, is currently on trial charged with the murder of Steven Smith, a father-of-three, who died after he suffered fatal stab wounds in the back and the chest at his home in Trafford Road, Rushden, on October 25 last year.

At Northampton Crown Court on Wednesday, Beaumont took the witness stand and stated that Smith had attacked him.

Under cross examination by Amjad Malik, Beaumont said he had picked up the five-and-a-half inch kitchen knife in the “assumption that Mr Smith would back away”.

Beaumont said he had “not intended to cause his friend any harm” and believed Mr Smith suffered his fatal injuries as he was attacking him.

In response to a question why he did not call for an ambulance, Beaumont said he “didn’t think there was much blood.”

He said: “The only blood I saw was a little but on his hand. It looked like he had nicked it on a razor.

“There wasn’t so much that I believed an ambulance was required.”

Beaumont said he had left the property with the knife and then placed it in a bush. The knife has never been recovered by police.

Last week, the jury heard it is the prosecution’s case that Beaumont stabbed his friend twice in an “act of pure aggression”.

Beaumont, of Maple Road, Rushden, denies the charge of murder. The trial continues.