Devon

Stephen Crook murder accused 're-enacted attack'

Murder scene in Alphington Road, Exeter
Image caption Stephen Crook was found stabbed at his home in Alphington Road

A man accused of murder re-enacted the fatal stabbing of a drug dealer while in an Indian restaurant, a jury heard.

Ryan Singleton, from Howcotte Green in Canley, Coventry, was caught on CCTV in the restaurant demonstrating kicks and punches, Exeter Crown Court heard.

The 26-year-old is one of five men who attacked Stephen Crook at his home in Exeter, the court was told.

The men, one from Okehampton in Devon and four from Coventry, deny murder and robbery.

'Bought knives in Sainsbury's'

Mr Singleton and other alleged members of the gang were seen with rolls of banknotes after Mr Crook was stabbed to death in his home in Alphington Road in Exeter last November, the court heard.

He allegedly boasted about the killing to fellow defendant Steven Webster, 40, who knew the victim and drove the other four men to his home.

The prosecution said Mr Webster, of East Street, Okehampton, provided the local know-how for the four other men who all came from Coventry to carry out the raid on Mr Crook's home.

The jury has been told Mr Crook was stabbed or slashed 10 times and died from loss of blood after he was attacked and robbed of a cash tin containing about £1,000 and jewellery.

The men believed he had £20,000 in money or drugs when they burst into his home and robbed him using knives bought from a nearby Sainsbury's store, the court was told.

'Blame each other'

Mr Michael Fitton, QC, said the victim was found dying on a sofa by his girlfriend Karlina Beaumont when she returned from buying a Chinese takeaway.

The court heard the men gave differing accounts to police about coming to Devon to buy drugs but now all say they had no intention to rob or injure Mr Crook and blame the others for the violence.

The three men on trial alongside Mr Singleton and Mr Webster are Darren Twigger, 40, of John Rous Avenue, Canley; Anthony Martin, 22, of Gerard Avenue, Canley, and a teenager from Prior Deram Walk, Canley.

The defendants deny the charges. The trial was adjourned until Thursday.

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