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Man stabbed neighbour in dispute

A man stabbed his neighbour after a fight broke out between the two men, a court has heard.

Habib Khan, 49, of Uttoxeter Road, Normacot, Stoke-on-Trent, denies murdering Keith Brown, 52, last July.

Stafford Crown Court was told the men had been neighbours for more than five years and had a long-running feud over land.

It is alleged Mr Khan joined a fight involving his son, Azir Saddique, and Mr Brown and then fatally stabbed him.

Mr Khan and Mr Saddique also deny unlawful wounding.

'Murderous intent'

Another of Mr Khan's sons, Kazir Saddique, has admitted a charge of unlawful wounding, relating to the same incident during which Mr Brown's son, Ashley Barker, was hit on the head with a wheel brace.

He is to be sentenced at a later date.

Mr Khan is alleged to have killed Mr Brown with a single stab wound. Mr Brown died later in hospital.

Prosecuting, William Davies QC told the court that in July last year Mr Brown had been killed with a single stab wound to the back.

That knife has not yet been recovered, he said.

He described Mr Khan's intent as "murderous".

The jury were shown CCTV footage taken from cameras Mr Khan had fixed overlooking his and Mr Brown's gardens.

Mr Khan had erected them after claiming Mr Brown had threatened to kill him, racially abused him and threatened to damage his property, the defence told the court.




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