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"He decided to stab Stephen Cameron"
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Friday, 7 April, 2000, 14:32 GMT 15:32 UK
Noye: I just struck out
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Kenneth Noye after his arrest in Spain
Kenneth Noye has been giving evidence in his defence in the M25 road rage trial by saying he "just struck out" with his lock-knife and stabbed electrician Stephen Cameron.

Mr Noye, 52, of Sevenoaks, Kent, denies murdering Mr Cameron, 21, in May 1996, claiming that he acted in self-defence.

He told the court, demonstrating an underarm jab from the witness box: "I can only ever remember striking out once, but I accept it was twice."

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M25 victim Stephen Cameron
He said his victim had kicked and punched him several times on an M25 slip road at Swanley, Kent, and repeatedly threatened to kill him.

Mr Cameron had already knocked him to the ground, Mr Noye said.

He told the jury: "I thought if he catches me again and I am out, he will take the knife out of my hand and really definitely use it so I struck out with the knife.

"I remember I had my head down ... I can't remember exactly how I done it, but when I struck out I had my head down and we were moving about close together and I just struck out," he said.

Mr Noye told the court after he had used the knife he got into his car and drove away.

"I was just devastated over what had happened," he said, adding that he did not realise for several hours that Mr Cameron was dead.

Policeman's death

Mr Noye also told the court he had stood trial in the 1980s for stabbing to death an undercover police officer who was carrying out surveillance on his home.

He was acquitted on grounds of self defence but Mr Noye said he had feared the police would still hold the matter against him and explained that this was why he fled to Spain the day after Mr Cameron's death.

He also told the jury he had never been convicted of a violent crime but that in 1986, he had been sentenced to 14 years in prison for dishonestly handling stolen Brinks Mat gold.

Since then he had carried a knife in order to prevent an attack on his life, he added.

The prosecution alleges that Mr Cameron was murdered by Mr Noye in a fight at the M25 Swanley interchange in Kent which started after Mr Noye "cut up" a Rascal van driven by Mr Cameron's fiancée, Danielle Cable.

He stabbed the victim out of "anger and maybe pride" because the younger man was getting the upper hand in the fight, prosecution lawyers have claimed.

Noye told his barrister Stephen Batten QC, that he was going to feed his dogs before going to a pub on that fateful Sunday morning.

'Mistaken identity'

As he came on to the M25 slip road leading to the M20 he saw a red Rascal van being driven by someone he thought he recognised as the blonde girlfriend of friend Micky Taylor.

As he stopped at the traffic lights he saw the vehicle flash its headlights at him.

It was then he thought he saw Mr Taylor in the passenger seat.

"I got out. I was going to tell him where I was going to have a drink."

Mr Noye, who told his barrister he was carrying the lock-knife in his jeans pocket, said he immediately realised his mistake when the other man got out of the van.

"As he came towards me I said 'Sorry mate, I thought you were someone else'.

"He was swearing and said 'You will be.'

"I could see his face and I knew I was in trouble."

The trial continues.

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