Man tells court of stab horror

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A MAN told a court of the moment he realised he had been stabbed in a street fight.

Victim Michael Stephenson said he was attacked after he and a friend went to confront two men they believed had broken Mr Stephenson’s front window.

Mr Stephenson suffered two stab wounds in his back during the fight, in West View, Hartlepool, last October.

He said he lost so much blood his legs “turned to jelly”, and he had trouble breathing.

Anthony Turner, 41, is on trial at Teesside Crown Court accused of attacking Mr Stephenson.

The prosecution claims Turner and another man, Vincent Johnson, 43, went to the house in Skelton Street on October 29. The house is the home of Mr Stephenson’s partner Donna McLeod and her family.

Graeme Gaston, prosecuting, said the two men approached the house before Turner smashed the window with a shovel.

Mr Gaston said Mr Stephenson and Miss McLeod’s brother, Andrew, arranged to meet Johnson and Turner at nearby Brus Corner.

Mr Stephenson said Johnson ran at Mr McLeod with a baseball bat and Turner went for him.

He said: “I felt two blows to my back and side, and I thought I had just been punched. All of a sudden there was just like a burning and I realised I got stabbed. I let go and stepped back and said ‘you have just stabbed us’. He said there’s plenty more where that came from.”

Mr Stephenson said he had never seen the two men before, but they were identified by other people at the house.

Ian West, defending, asked: “Are you 100 per cent sure that it was the same two men who you met at the shops (Brus Corner) who you had seen for a few minutes at Skelton Street?”

Mr Stephenson said: “100 per cent. I know who it was who done it to me.”

Johnson, of Marshall Close, Hartlepool, has admitted affray and a public order offence over the two incidents at the house and at Brus Corner.

Turner, of Ridlington Way, Hartlepool, denies wounding with intent and affray.

The trial continues.