Teen on trial for stabbing man to death
A TEENAGER stabbed a man to death for snitching on him in a robbery trial, a court heard, writes Lorraine King. Anthony Parkes, 20, died after a knife was plunged into his leg outside Caledonia Chicken Shop in Park Parade, Harlesden, on November 5 last
A TEENAGER stabbed a man to death for 'snitching' on him in a robbery trial, a court heard, writes Lorraine King.
Anthony Parkes, 20, died after a knife was plunged into his leg outside Caledonia Chicken Shop in Park Parade, Harlesden, on November 5 last year.
Kamal McLeary, 19, from Park Parade, Harlesden, and a 15-year-old schoolboy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, are in The Old Bailey accused of his murder.
Jurors were told McLeary and Mr Parkes were both awaiting trial for the gunpoint robbery of a house in Berkshire.
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In his police interview, Parkes admitted being at the house but blamed McLeary and his associates.
In return he was branded a 'rat' and a 'snitch' by McLeary's group.
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The robbery trial in September 2009 did not result in any verdicts and both McLeary and Parkes were granted bail last week while awaiting the retrial.
Seconds before Mr Parkes was stabbed, McLeary is said to have been captured on CCTV buying a knife near the takeaway shop.
Prosecutor Jonathan Rees QC told jurors: "For some young men, the worst someone can do is grass or snitch."
It is claimed the accused 15 year-old assisted him by arranging his clothing and remaining close by as McLeary went into the chicken shop.
Mr Parkes managed to call 999 after the attack but quickly bled to death in front of customers and staff at the shop.
Mr Rees added: "It cut through two major blood vessels and the loss of blood was so severe and so quick that he could not be saved."
McCleary admits inflicting the fatal wound but denies murder claiming he only wanted to scare Mr Parkes by scratching his leg.
The 15-year-old boy also denies murder.
The trial continues.