Kilburn teacher ‘stabbed by student he met through gay and bisexual app’

Court hears 21-year-old plunged a knife into his victim’s chest

A student stabbed a teacher he met through a gay and bisexual iPhone dating ‘app’ while he gave him a massage, a court heard.

Jurors at Southwark Crown Court heard Clifford David, 21, plunged a kitchen knife into Chris Telford’s chest as the 42-year-old lay face down on his bed in his Kilburn flat.

David then struck him twice of the head with a hammer that was being used to prop open a door and bit him on the forehead on February 15 last year.

Two neighbours who heard screaming from the flat kicked down the door to find David stood over a badly bleeding Mr Telford before he fled past the astonished onlookers.


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The court heard the two men had met in the summer of 2010 through the chat mobile phone application Qrushr.

Prosecutors said David visited Mr Telford’s studio flat three times after arranging the visits by text message.

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During the third visit David performed a sex act on Mr Telford, jurors were told, but they broke off contact after the encounter in December 2010.

Peter Clement, prosecuting, said on the fateful day, David visited Mr Telford out of the blue.

Once inside Mr Telford poured David a whiskey and coke and David had ‘unusually’ smoked three cigarettes ‘in quick succession’.

David is said to have kissed Mr Telford before he went to the kitchen to pour a second drink.

Mr Clement said: “He armed himself with one of Chris Telford’s kitchen knives, indicative of a plan or contemplation, as to what he was about to do.”

After the attack the court heard David left his rucksack, jacket, passport and two mobile phones behind.

David, from New Cross, south-east London, denies attempted murder.

The trial continues.

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