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Teenager was 'chased and killed'
Christopher Alaneme
Christopher Alaneme was killed after a night out with friends
A black teenager was stabbed to death after being chased by five men, one of whom had been rebuked for an alleged racist remark, a court has heard.

Christopher Alaneme, 18, was left "dying on a public bench" because the stab wound had penetrated his liver.

He died in April 2006 after a night out in Sheerness, Isle of Sheppey, Kent.

Five defendants, who were all visiting the area from south-east London, have denied murder, and three of them also deny wounding with intent.

That charge relates to taxi driver Mark Davies, 29, who survived being stabbed.

On Tuesday's opening day of the murder trial, Maidstone Crown Court was told that Mr Alaneme was with friends in Sheerness High Street on the night of 21 April last year.

The locals, including Mr Alaneme, ran for it
Michael Austin-Smith QC

It was about midnight when they came across the five men, who had been drinking in pubs after travelling from London to stay in a caravan at Sheerness Holiday Park.

The defendants are: Peter Connolly, 29, a painter and decorator, of Carisbrooke Gardens, Peckham; Andrew Giblin, 26, a bank worker, of Commercial Way, Peckham; Terance Beaney, 23, a plasterer, from Rideout Street, Woolwich; and brothers Sean Duhig, 23, and Gerry Duhig, 27, both plasterers, of Melbury Drive, Camberwell.

Prosecutor Michael Austin-Smith QC said: "The trouble flared up when the defendants took exception to one of them being rebuked about a supposedly racist comment about Christopher Alaneme.

"The locals, including Mr Alaneme, ran for it, pursued by the defendants."

The court heard that the Duhig brothers chased Mr Alaneme, while the other three men initially ran after his friends.

It was then that Mr Connolly, Mr Giblin and Mr Beaney were said to have come across Mr Davies, who was "very drunk" from a birthday celebration and "just happened to walk into their path", Mr Austin-Smith said.

Victim 'corralled'

He was stabbed five times and subsequently spent more than two weeks in hospital.

The prosecutor said all five men then "corralled" Mr Alaneme into a grassed area.

"One of the defendants - identified as one of the three who attacked Mark Davies - ran forward and appeared to push him.

"The others stood back, Christopher Alaneme jumped back and pulled up his shirt, at which point the defendants ran off," Mr Austin-Smith said.

He added there was no witness or CCTV evidence of a knife or other weapon being present, but jurors were told they needed to consider a question about a local nightclub that Mr Connolly allegedly asked a man in a pub: "Do you get patted down when you enter there?"

The trial continues.

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A stab wound penetrated Christopher Alaneme's liver



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