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Thursday, 30 March, 2000, 19:23 GMT
'Motorway killer fled abroad'
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An artist's impression of the Old Bailey courtroom
A road-rage killer flew to France by private helicopter with a briefcase full of cash the day after stabbing a man to death, the Old Bailey has heard.

Kenneth Noye, 52, of Sevenoaks, Kent, was smiling after leaving Stephen Cameron dying, according to one witness.

He denies murder. On the first day of the trial, Mr Cameron's fiancee sobbed as she told the court of the horror of seeing him killed.

Danielle Cable wept as she recalled his dying words: "He stabbed me, Dan. Take his number plate."

And she described how her fiance had tried to kick a knife from his attacker's hand shortly before he died.

Mr Cameron was stabbed to death on 19 May 1996 after a "violent exchange" at the Swanley interchange of the M25 in Kent, the court heard.

'Crime of anger'

Opening the case, prosecutor Julian Bevan QC said that Mr Cameron, 21, was stabbed in the heart and liver after a confrontation.

It was a crime of "anger and maybe pride", Mr Bevan said.

"Stephen Cameron was unarmed at the time he was stabbed, indeed he was empty-handed," he told the court.

"The driver of that other vehicle was this defendant Kenneth Noye, as he now admits," he went on.

Mr Cameron had been the passenger in a small red van, driven by Miss Cable, which was travelling behind the defendant's Land Rover Discovery, the court heard.

On the evening Mr Cameron died, the defendant made a telephone call to a mobile telephone registered with a private aviation company owned by a friend, the jury heard.

The following day, he flew out of the country by private helicopter to a golf course in France, with a case of cash, Mr Bevan said.

He was flown by private jet to Madrid, the court heard.

A man giving a false name had gone into a car dealership in north London and bought a similar Discovery, paying with cash from a plastic bag, Mr Bevan said.

'Punched in the eye'

Miss Cable, 21, said the driver of a Land Rover had punched Stephen hard in the eye after getting out of his vehicle at traffic lights.

"Stephen stumbled and staggered back. He kicked the other man in his legs," she said.

She said the other man had fumbled in his jacket pockets and went towards the Land Rover.

"By this time I had got out of the van. He was telling me to stay back. I was going towards Steve. As I approached, the other man was standing looking at me.

Four-inch blade

"I saw something in the man's hand which I believed was a knife, so I ran round the other cars screaming and shouting `Can you help us?'

"I saw the blade. It was about four inches long."

Miss Cable said the Land Rover driver got back into his vehicle and drove off after stabbing Mr Cameron.

Immediately before the man had got out of the Land Rover, he had cut them up. Her fiance had been shaking his head about it, she said.

She said she had never seen the other driver before.

The defendant was arrested in 1998, after he was identified in Spain by Miss Cable, and extradited in May last year, the court was told.

Mr Bevan said that after being traced, the defendant had said that he was not "involved in any way" in the stabbing.

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