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Adam Watt murder trial: Stab victim's 'constant' drugs battle

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Image caption Adam Watts graduated from alcohol to hard drugs before he was stabbed in Evans Wharf, his father says

A man murdered after allegedly running off without paying for drugs had been in a constant battle with addiction, a jury has heard.

Three people are on trial at St Albans Crown Court accused of killing Adam Watt in January.

Nicholas Grant, Joseph Zulu and Jacqueline Brewin deny stabbing Mr Watt to death in Evans Wharf, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire.

Alexander Watt said his son had got into hard drugs ten years ago.

In a statement, he described how the 38-year-old had also suffered from anxiety and depression.

He said his son had left school at 16 and worked as a trainee chef, but his drinking did not fit with the hours. He later progressed to cannabis and harder drugs.

'Confronted by dealers'

Mr Watt had moved from Watford to Hemel Hempstead after his mother died and left him £200,000.

His father and brother, Elliot, said he had used up that inheritance and would ask them for money.

Prosecutor Rosina Cottage said Mr Watt was fatally stabbed after being confronted by drug dealers Mr Zulu, 23, of no fixed address, and Mr Grant, 18, of Sunnyhill Road in Hemel Hempstead.

She told the jury they had been driven close to his address by Jacqueline Brewin, 47, of Sacombe Road, Hemel Hempstead, who drove them away after the killing.

The trio had, she alleged, confronted Mr Watt after he had either stolen money or run off with drugs without paying.

Mr Zulu also denies conspiracy to supply drugs, but Mr Grant pleaded guilty to that offence.

The case continues.

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