Stab claims ‘ridiculous’

A MAN accused of smashing a family home and later stabbing a man has described the claims as “ridiculous”.

Anthony Turner denied going to Skelton Street, in Hartlepool, where he is accused of breaking a front window with a shovel.

He also strongly rejected claims he went with another man to the town’s Brus Corner later that afternoon and had a fight with Michael Stephenson, who was stabbed twice in the back.

Teesside Crown Court previously heard that Mr Stephenson and family friend Andrew McLeod went to meet two men they believed had broken the window of the family home on Friday, October 29, last year.

The trial was told the two men were identified by Mr Stephenson’s partner, Donna McLeod, and her mother, Karen Richardson, as Vincent Johnson and Turner.

Giving evidence yesterday, Turner said he had been out drinking in Hartlepool town centre with Johnson that afternoon.

After that his memory was hazy, but he said he was sure he did not go to Skelton Street.

Turner said: “I know I was fairly drunk but I would remember something like that.”

Ian West, defending, asked: “Were you at Brus Corner?”

Turner replied: “No.

When challenged by Graeme Gaston, prosecuting, that Turner was resonsible for both offences, Turner said: “It is ridiculous.”

Turner was arrested the following morning at Johnson’s partner’s house.

He said he must have split up from Johnson earlier that afternoon but could not remember how he got to Johnson’s partner’s house.

Mr Stephenson’s attacker was described as wearing a grey or dark hoodie. Turner said he was wearing a black Fred Perry jacket on the day in question.

An ID parade was not held on the advice of the CPS despite Mr Stephenson saying he would recognise the men again.

Turner, 41, of Ridlington Way, Hartlepool, denies wounding with intent and affray.

The trial continues.