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Park stabbing accused 'confessed'


Accused admits attack

A mother turned her son in to police after he confessed to a knife attack on a 14-year-old girl, a court has heard.

Jessica Knight was stabbed about 20 times in a park in Astley Village, in Chorley, Lancashire, on 21 January.

French national Kristofer Beddar, 21, of Daisy Hill Drive, Adlington, denies attempted murder.

Preston Crown Court heard that after watching a news report about the stabbing Mr Beddar told his mother: "I think it was me, mum."

Marion Beddar took her son to a nearby police station and told the officer at the counter: "This is my son. He is responsible for the stabbing."

Mr Beddar said he had no recollection of the attack after drinking a half bottle of Jack Daniels earlier in the day.

The court was told he sent a text message to his mother minutes before or after the stabbing to tell her he would not be home for dinner.

Kristofer Beddar left Jessica Knight lying face down, alone in the dark bleeding to death
William Waldron QC, prosecution barrister

Prosecution barrister, William Waldron QC, said: "The defendant accepts that in causing the injuries he did, there must have been an intention to cause serious harm to Jessica, but he denies he was attempting to murder her.

"Our case is straightforward. The defendant's attack of amnesia for the critical moment is borne out of convenience and for no other reason."

The court was told that the day after the stabbing, Mr Beddar threw the clothes he had been wearing at the time of the attack under a bridge near his home.

The jury also heard how a number of employees from his former places of work recalled incidents of aggression from him.

On the day of the stabbing, Jessica, now 15, had been walking through the park after school, listening to music, on the way to meet a friend.

In a interview read out in court by the girl, she said she remembered very little of the attack.

'Savage attack'

"I had my eyes shut. It was a total blank," she said.

Jessica was found by a cyclist who stemmed the bleeding until paramedics arrived.

"Kristofer Beddar left Jessica Knight lying face down, alone in the dark bleeding to death from his savage attack on her. He literally left her for dead," said Mr Waldron.

The court was told that on the day of the attack Jessica had agreed to a 2030 GMT curfew with her mother, Jill Walmsley, who became worried when the teenager did not return home at the agreed time.

Family members went out to search for her and were later told by police that Jessica was in hospital on a life-support machine.

The trial continues.

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