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Banker death suspect sobs in dock
John Monckton
Mr Monckton was repeatedly stabbed at his home
A man accused of stabbing to death a City banker during a robbery broke down and sobbed in an Old Bailey dock.

Elliot White allegedly posed as a postman to con his way into a Chelsea home and steal jewellery from John Monckton's wife in November last year.

Mr White and co-accused Damien Hanson, both 24, deny murdering Mr Monckton and attempting to murder his wife.

On a tape played in court, Mr White said: "My only concern...was that I didn't want anybody hurt."

I don't stab people - I don't do that type of thing
Elliot White

Mr White, of Shepherds Bush, west London, sobbed as he listened to the recording of a police interview in which he confessed to knowing Mrs Monckton, 46, would be at her home in west London.

On tape, he said: "I don't stab people. I don't do that type of thing.

"He (Mr Hanson) clearly told me he would take care of the jewellery and I agreed to hold the woman."

The court also heard on Monday that Mr White told police his accomplice thought Mrs Monckton's jewels were worth 20,000, not 4,500.

The prosecution has claimed throughout the trial that Mr Hanson had an "obsession with the rich" and the couple were targeted because they were wealthy.

Both men also deny wounding with intent. Mr Hanson, of no fixed address, denies robbery to which Mr White has pleaded guilty. The trial continues.

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