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Micah Urquhart stabbing: Victim 'chased accused with knives'

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Image caption Micah Urquhart was found stabbed to death in the early hours of 13 September

A man accused of killing a teenager told a policeman the victim chased him with "two large knives" just days before his death, a court has heard.

Micah Urquhart was stabbed in the heart near his flat in Luton, Bedfordshire, on 13 September last year.

PC Stuart Gillian told Luton Crown Court Waqar Younis, 19, made the claim while investigating broken windows at Mr Younis' parents' house, which were supposedly caused by Mr Urquhart.

Mr Younis and another man deny murder.

The 19-year-old, of Queens Close, Luton, who stands accused with Paul Lynam, 18, of Midland Road, Luton, allegedly told Mr Gillian two days before the stabbing took place that he thought Mr Urquhart was responsible for the vandalism.

'Loud and aggressive'

Giving evidence, Mr Gillian said when he asked Mr Younis why Mr Urquhart would have done this, Mr Younis said: "I don't know, he is crazy or something. He chased me with knives."

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Image caption The area where Mr Urquhart was stabbed was sealed off as part of the police investigation

He went on to claim that he earlier saw Mr Urquhart behind him holding two large knives.

Mr Younis allegedly said: "I was scared and started to run. He chased me and was shouting at me. He was loud and aggressive which made me feel threatened."

Mr Gillian said the area was searched by other officers and he took Mr Younis to a different location to spend the night.

Mr Urquhart, a troubled teenager from Hertfordshire, had moved to his flat in Hastings Street to help him "integrate" after being in care.

The prosecution alleges that in the days before his death, tensions had built up between the defendants and Mr Urquhart and they planned an attack to cause him serious harm.

The trial continues.

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