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Rhuddlan accused used knife to scare group, jury hears

Oliver Michael Taylor arriving at Mold Crown Court at an earlier hearing
Oliver Taylor armed himself with a kitchen knife, the court heard

A young man accused of stabbing his neighbour to death after a snowball fight has denied deliberately chasing and killing him.

Anthony Burke, 20, from Rhuddlan, Denbighshire, died last Christmas Eve after a stab wound to the stomach.

Oliver Taylor, 19, denies murder, claiming he was holding a knife because he wanted to scare away a group of people holding bottles.

The trial, at Mold Crown Court, has been adjourned until Tuesday.

Mr Taylor told the jury he had been having a quiet evening at home with his girlfriend on 23 December, 2009, when he heard shouting.

I was pretty scared. I didn't know what to do in the situation
Oliver Taylor, defendant

He said he saw a group of about eight people outside, with one young man man, Tom Fisher, standing on his wall. He said he went outside and told him to get away from the house.

The court heard Mr Fisher walked off and Mr Taylor walked towards him until he was satisfied he had gone.

As he walked back to his home, Mr Taylor said the group shouted "What are you going to do about it?"

He added: "I was pretty scared. I didn't know what to do in the situation."

He said the group were holding bottles and came to his house again, trying to grab him - in particular Anthony Burke.

Mr Taylor said he ran into the house and emerged with a kitchen knife.

He showed the court how he held the knife blade up, adding: "I wanted to scare them away."


Anthony Burke was swinging around a sharp object, a piece of glass or a knife, the court heard.

A scuffle began, he said, and after he was hit on the head with something, Anthony Burke tried to get him in a head-lock.

"I grabbed him," he said.

"Then he screamed and fell to the floor. Then I ran away."

Cross-examined, Mr Taylor was asked whether he deliberately chased and killed Anthony Burke.

"No," he said.

He was also asked about his relationship with Anthony Burke, who was the ex-boyfriend of Mr Taylor's girlfriend, Jessica Hughes.

He was asked: "Did that colour your view of him?"

He replied: "No," he said.

He also denied having ever arguing with or threatening Tom Fisher, who was his girlfriend's step-brother.

The court has previously heard how Mr Burke had been drinking with friends and the group had a snowball fight at about 2230 GMT on 23 December.

Mr Burke died in hospital in the early hours of Christmas Eve.

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