Jamie McMahon murder trial day three: Accused says attack came after asking the victim for a cigarette

Jamie McMahon NNL-140627-132715001
Jamie McMahon NNL-140627-132715001

The defendant accused of murdering Jamie McMahon has admitted going into the town centre with the man who has already pleaded guilty to murder on the night of the attack in order to get cigarettes.

At Northampton Crown Court on Tuesday afternoon, the transcript of Francis’ first few police interviews following his arrest in October 2013 was read out. The court heard how Michael Francis, aged 33, of St James Road, claimed he had been staying with Mark Lewis, who insisted that they walk into the town centre to ask for cigarettes on the night of Jamie McMahon’s death.

Mark Lewis, aged 19, of Clickers Drive, Upton, Northampton, has already admitted killing Mr McMahon, aged 26, in St Giles Churchyard, St Giles Street, in the early hours of October 2 last year. Francis denies the charges of murder and robbery.

In the interview, Francis said that, on their arrival at St Giles Churchyard, he had sat next to Mr McMahon who was already there, because he was suffering from an in-grown toenail.

Francis said that Lewis had asked Mr McMahon, aged 26: “Have you got a fag for me?” and Mr McMahon reponded: “Jog on.”

He said that a fight broke out between the two men and that they were “swinging punches but they weren’t connecting”.

Francis described how Mr McMahon then went to run away and tripped over, at which point Lewis allegedly began “stamping” on his face and head.

He described how he had got scared and tried to pull Lewis away from Mr McMahon three times.

The reading in court yesterday continued at the point where Lewis and Francis left the scene. During the interview, Francis said that he confronted Lewis about what he had done to which he allegedly responded: “I’m sorry. There’s no love in this game.”

The court also heard evidence on Thursday morning from pathologist, Dr Frances Hollingbury, who was involved in conducting the post mortem on Mr McMahon.

She reported that 15 injuries had been found on his face and head, some of which had resulted in brain damage.

Under questioning from Jonas Hankin, defending, Dr Hollingbury said that these injuries could have been caused by stamping.

The trial will continue at Northampton Crown Court today.