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Accused denies knowledge of knife
Christopher Alaneme
Christopher Alaneme was killed after a night out with friends
One of five men suspected of chasing and stabbing to death a black teenager did not know his co-accused was carrying a knife, a court heard.

Christopher Alaneme, 18, died in April 2006 when a stab wound penetrated his liver after a night out in Sheerness, Isle of Sheppey, Kent.

Terance Beaney, 23, told officers that "no-one had a clue he had a knife".

The defendants, who were visiting the area from London, deny murder. Three of them also deny wounding with intent.

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

Racist comment

Maidstone Crown Court heard that Beaney told police that while they were in a caravan at Sheerness Holiday Park one of them, who he refused to name, took out a flick knife with a three-inch blade.

Beaney, a plasterer, of Rideout Street, Woolwich, south-east London, said he and the three other defendants asked him why he felt the need to carry a knife.

"We all said to him, 'Why have you got that?'. The individual said he wasn't going to bring it out with him. My understanding was that I never knew he had a knife," Beaney said.

Jurors were told last week that trouble flared when the defendants, who had been drinking in pubs, took exception to one of them being rebuked about a supposedly racist comment about Christopher Alaneme.

"I never saw anyone get stabbed, I never saw a knife and I never knew anyone got stabbed until later," Beaney told officers

He said he ran away and hid in a wheelie bin until he thought it was safe following the fight.

The court was also told that he described the man who is said to have stabbed Mr Alaneme as being "quite regretful" about the incident afterwards."

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.

The trial continues.


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