A Liverpool drug dealer on trial for the murder of Mark Mason has admitted waving a knife around in a Rhyl car park.
But James Davies denied using the weapon to stab the father-of-two outside Home Bargains on Marsh Road last October. The 20 year-old from Stoneycroft is among three men who deny killing Mr Mason and wounding another two men with intent.
A fourth man, Jake Melia (21) from Aintree, has pleaded guilty to all charges.
Giving evidence at Mold Crown Court, Davies told a jury he had only wanted to scare Mr Mason and did not know he had been stabbed until he got back into their vehicle.
He said Melia had suggested pulling over the white Renault van, where Mr Mason was a passenger, to see if the men had been responsible for an alleged attack earlier that day.
Davies had been carrying a bag full of fishing gear – including a filleting knife – which he had taken to The Cob near Marine Lake, a known angling spot where drug dealing had taken place.
The defendant admitted he could be seen on CCTV footage holding the filleting knife as he ran around to the passenger side of the Renault van, banging its handle on the window – but he denied inflicting any of the 22 stab wounds which Mr Mason suffered.
He added: ”I just wanted them to see it and be scared. It was a stupid idea when I think of it but I didn’t know it was going to end in the way that it did.”
Davies told the court he started drug dealing to pay off a £6,000 debt – but said he was unaware of any rivalry between drugs gangs, amid claims from the prosecution of a local ‘turf war’ involving the so-called Pensarn Crew and ‘Marco’s Crew’.
Anthony Baines (31) of Kensington and Mark Ennis (30) of Walton also deny murder and wounding Justin Trickett and Sam Illidge maliciously with intent.
Last week, Baines told the trial he did not chase fellow drug dealers for money – despite being repeatedly ‘ripped off’ – and claimed he never had any problems with Mr Mason, who had carried out work for him.
The trial continues.
Source: BBC Cymru Wales