Norfolk

Man 'texted throat slit threat'

Steven Murphy
Image caption Steven Murphy was found with 16 stab wounds in Fakenham

A woman has told a court one of the men accused of murder in Norfolk sent a text message to her saying he was going to slit someone's throat.

Steven Murphy, 45, was found with 16 stab wounds in Fakenham in October 2009, Norwich Crown Court heard.

Alexander Dewar, 24, and Andrew Cameron, 28, of Blackpool, deny murder.

Grace Birtwhistle told the court she had flirted with Mr Cameron through texts and in one had threatened he would slit someone's throat.

James Cameron, 53, of Felixstowe, Suffolk, and his son, Andrew, both deny conspiracy to cause Mr Murphy's grievous bodily harm between 20 May and 2 October last year.

Miss Birtwhistle said Andrew Cameron had told her he had been in the army in Kosovo and in November last year said he was going to leave the UK.

John Goodman, defending Andrew Cameron, suggested to Miss Birtwhistle that his client had not sent the text threat to slit someone's throat.

She replied: "Yes, he did."

Karim Khalil, prosecuting, earlier in the hearing told the court the killing took place after a feud developed between James Cameron and Mr Murphy over the victim's friendship with a woman, Julienne Dowling.

The case continues.

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