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Alex Peguero Sosa death: Murder accused 'not racist'

Alex Peguero-Sosa Image copyright Plymouth Argyle
Image caption Former Plymouth Argyle youth squad player Alex Peguero Sosa died from his injuries

A man accused of stabbing a teenage footballer in the neck with a broken bottle has told a court he is not racist.

Lee Dent, 42, from East Portlemouth near Salcombe, Devon, denies murdering Alex Peguero Sosa, 17, in Kingsbridge.

Plymouth Crown Court previously heard Mr Dent had used racist language when he admitted the offence to another man.

However, on Tuesday Mr Dent, who denies murder, said he did not remember making the racist slur.

Mr Peguero Sosa, from Aveton Gifford near Kingsbridge, was killed in the early hours of 6 July 2014.

The court heard Mr Dent and a group of friends had been drinking in Kingsbridge and former Plymouth Argyle youth squad player Mr Peguero Sosa had also been out socialising with friends.

Mr Dent told the court it was possible in the heat of the moment he may have said Alex "deserved it" using racially abusive language as he walked away from the scene.

He told the court he has Asian, black and Muslim friends and is not a racist.

The trial continues.

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