A TEENAGER has denied stabbing a man to death in Bolton town centre.

Jabar Ahmed, aged 19, of Campbell Street, Farnworth, yesterday gave evidence at Manchester Crown Court in the case in which he is accused of murdering 25-year-old Rabid Amin.

The prosecution has alleged he stabbed Mr Amin to death with a six-inch kitchen knife in Bradshawgate, Bolton, in the early hours of Sunday, November 19, last year. Ahmed denies murder and also denies possession of an offensive weapon and wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm to another man, Sajid Ahmed.

The court has heard that a feud between two groups of men turned nasty after a night out at the J2 club in Nelson Square, Bolton.

The two groups went their separate ways, one to Raja's takeaway in Bradshawgate, the other to the Spice Hut. But later Jabar Ahmed and Mr Amin met up again which resulted in the street fight that led to Mr Amin's death.

Mr Amin, a married, self-employed carpet fitter from Great Lever, was treated by paramedics at the scene, outside Raja's takeaway, but died later in hospital.

Ahmed denies all the charges and claims he was attacked with a bottle and was acting in self defence.

Gary Burrell QC, prosecuting, said to him: "You know exactly what happened here, don't you?

"I think you had a knife, or had it given to you at the Spice Hut or at Raja's, and then you used it on the drunken Rabid Amin." Ahmed replied:: "I definitely didn't have a knife. I didn't stab him."

He also said he did not know how the victim's blood had got on to his shirt and shoe.

He said he did not know why he signed a statement, previously shown to the court,which was prepared by his solicitor and stated the possibility that he could have "slashed" out at Rabid Amin.

Ahmed said it had been a long time since the incident and he couldn't remember certain details.