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Hitchin man died after 'confrontation on estate'

A 25-year-old man died from a stab wound to the heart after a confrontation on a housing estate in Hertfordshire, a trial has heard.

Michael Chalkley died in April after being attacked near his home in Bingen Road, Hitchin.

Sean Flattery, 21, of Seebohm Close, and Kyle Holloway, of Wilshere Crescent, both from Hitchin, appeared at Luton Crown Court and denied murder.

Mr Flattery pleaded guilty to possessing a knife.

Mr Flattery, Mr Holloway, Raymond Small, 21 of Pix Road, Letchworth and Richmond Nkhoma, also 21 of Roxley Court, Willian, are all charged with violent disorder relating to the same incident. They have pleaded not guilty.

'Stabbed several times'

Prosecutor Ben Gumpert said Mr Flattery and Mr Chalkley were known to each other as near neighbours and there may have been some previous antagonism between them.

They had also both been drinking on the night of the confrontation.

Mr Chalkley was with a friend walking to the other man's flat with some drink they had bought.

"There was an exchange with Mr Flattery which turned into an argument and a fight developed," Mr Gumpert said.

"The other three defendants became involved so it was not a fair fight with four on one side and one on the other. Mr Chalkley's friend did not get involved.

"Then Sean Flattery produced a knife and stabbed him several times."

The jury was told that it was not the prosecutions case that any of the others were armed or knew that Mr Flattery was carrying a knife.

The prosecutor said Mr Flattery claimed to have been attacked by the victim in the past with a knife and a machete and he was scared and reacted in self defence.

Mr Holloway denied stabbing or assaulting the victim.

The prosecutor said: "The Crown say there was not any excuse for Mr Flattery to produce and use a lethal weapon and cause five injuries in two separate episodes."

The trial continues.

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