Son stabbed mum’s boyfriend, trial told

First published in News

A SON accused of murdering his mother’s boyfriend wiped away tears as his harrowing 999 calls were played to a court.

Ben Edgar has denied stabbing Mark Wood to death in the early hours of Tuesday, June 12.

The 20-year-old made two emergency calls on the day of the fatal stabbing at his mother’s home in Ashton Street, Little Lever.

In the first call, played to Manchester Crown Court, Edgar is asking the police for help as he feared his mother, Samantha Bird, was about to be beaten by Mr Wood.

Minutes later he calls 999 again, shouting for an ambulance.

He said: “I have stabbed my mum’s boyfriend.

“I can’t stay in the house, he is dead. He is dead. He is dead.”

Screams from Ms Bird and her friend, Shannon Leith, can be heard in the background.

Mr Wood died after being stabbed with a 37cm kitchen knife to the left side of his neck in the kitchen of Ms Bird’s home.

Edgar, who lived at the house, claims his actions were in self-defence to protect him from Mr Wood, who is alleged to have been wielding a chair in his right hand.

Katherine Blackwell, prosecuting, told the jury of eight women and four men, that Edgar told family friend Christina McClean on several occasions that he would kill Mr Wood.

She said: “Edgar said ‘I swear to God Christina I will kill him. I will do time for him’.”

The court heard that the relationship between Ms Bird and Mr Wood was volatile and Edgar wanted to be the man of the house.

Miss Blackwell said: “A grudge had been harboured for Mr Wood for some time.

“The defendant, fuelled with a mix of hatred and jealousy towards Mr Wood, seized to kill him.

Ms Bird and Ms Shannon attempted to revive Mr Wood unsuccessfully.

When Edgar was arrested on suspicion of murder, he asked officers if the emergency services did everything they could.

He claims he did not mean to stab or hurt Mr Wood and thought he had picked up a fork from the draining board, not a knife.

Evidence from a pathologist found the stab wound to be a “deliberate thrust” and claimed self-impaling on the knife would be “impossible”.

The trial continues.

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