Essex

Jury retires in chef murder trial

Reynald Duchene
Image caption Reynald Duchene was stabbed after challenging the defendant, Karl Wills, the court heard

The jury in the trial of a man charged with the murder of a chef at a classical music concert in Essex has retired to consider its verdict.

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

The jury at Chelmsford Crown Court heard Mr Duchene had been at a concert with his fiancee and friends.

The group had been celebrating her 44th birthday, the court heard.

Mr Wills told the court Mr Duchene "spat" in his face then chased him and he held out a "lock knife" to deter Mr Duchene.

He said he had not intended to kill or inflict "really serious harm".

Mr Wills told jurors he "felt sick" after reading of Mr Duchene's death two days later.

He insisted the chef was accidentally stabbed after going "crazy".

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