Essex

Chef killed by single stab wound, Essex court hears

Reynald Duchene
Image caption Reynald Duchene was stabbed after challenging the defendant, jurors have been told

A court has heard a chef killed after a classical music concert in Essex died from a single stab wound to the heart.

Karl Wills, 22, of Cranley Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, denies murdering Reynald Duchene, 37, in Priory Park, Southend, on 26 June.

Dr Ben Swift told Chelmsford Crown Court Mr Duchene had 21 separate injuries but most of those were consistent with falling to the ground.

It was a 6cm stab wound to the heart that killed Mr Duchene, Dr Swift said.

Prosecutors have told the court that Mr Duchene, of South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, was stabbed after leaving the open-air concert with fiancee Paula Haddlesey and friends.

The group had been celebrating her 44th birthday.

They said Mr Duchene challenged Mr Wills after she was "pestered" as she walked to a taxi after leaving the concert.

The victim, who lived with Ms Haddlesey and her children, worked as a chef in London.

The trial continues.

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