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Scarborough murder: accused claims he saw red and flipped
9:48am Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in News
A TEENAGER accused of murdering a “defenceless” older boy yesterday told a jury he “just flipped and saw red” before the stabbing.
The 17-year-old, who was 16 at the time, claimed he wanted to flee when he saw Michael “Angel” Graham on Scarborough seafront, but was “frozen to the spot”.
Yesterday, he told Teesside Crown Court he could not remember removing the flick-knife, a friend had bought for him that afternoon, from his pocket.
He maintained he thought he was only punching 19-year-old Mr Graham in the back.
The jury had been told Mr Graham, 19, of Scarborough, died after being stabbed 12 times in the back in a brawl on Scarborough seafront.
Mr Graham’s 17-year-old friend was also wounded in the leg, the jury heard.
The victim and defendant had been friends, but fell out after Mr Graham taunted the younger boy for sleeping with a 12-year-old girl, it has been alleged.
The accused said he and seven other teenagers made their way down to Foreshore Road then spotted Mr Graham and his 17-year-old friend.
As he got down to the bottom of some steps he saw one of his friends and Mr Graham fighting.
The defendant and the rest of the group were in a semi-circle watching Mr Graham beating the other man up, the court heard.
The defendant said: “I was watching my friend being beaten up and thought I can’t leave him here while that’s happening.”
He said the text insults he and Mr Graham had traded were going through his head along with the older boy’s name-calling and “bullying”.
He said: “I just flipped and saw red. I could not control myself. I came up from behind. I thought I was just hitting him in the back.”
Mr Graham died from multiple wounds after the incident on April 13. The accused, who cannot be named for legal reasons, denies murder.
• The trial continues.