Teen accused of Dollis Hill murder claims he was a witness not a killer

Luke Fitzpatrick was stabbed to death in Dollis Hill

Luke Fitzpatrick was stabbed to death in Dollis Hill - Credit: Archant

Boy, 17, told the Old Bailey he wasn’t near Luke Fitzpatrick of his father Bernard

Luke Fitzpatrick had been at the Ox and Gate pub before he was killed

Luke Fitzpatrick had been at the Ox and Gate pub before he was killed - Credit: Archant

A teenager accused of stabbing a Dollis man to death on the night of the Champions League final claimed he was a witness not a killer.

The 17-year-old said he was running away when 25 year-old Luke Fitzpatrick and his father Bernard, 56, were attacked in Alder Grove, Dollis Hill, on May 19 last year.

He denied prosecution claims he was carrying a knife and that he cut his hand during the murder.

The teenager told the Old Bailey that he just happened to be in the area when a gang of hoodies tried to storm the Ox and Gate pub on Coles Green Road.

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Drinkers chased them off and the double stabbing took place away from the pub.

The teen claims he was running away when he was hit by an object and cut on the hand.

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Detectives later found his bloodstained glove on the other side of a fence in a building site.

Prosecutor Brian Altman QC asked: “So what was happening is you were so in fear you turned around and ran in the opposite direction. Can you explain how it is something hits you on the back of your hand?’

The teenager replied: “As I was turning around to look back I saw something flying and I put my hand up.”

He said he followed the group round into Alder Grove and then carried on to the estate where he got into his friend’s car.

He claimed he wasn’t near the victims when the stabbings took place.

Walters and two 17 year-olds from Mill Hill and Cricklewood, deny murder, attempted murder and the lesser alternative of wounding with intent.

Walters admits violent disorder but the two 17 year-olds deny the charge.

Four others also deny violent disorder relating to the attack on the pub.

The trial continues.

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