Jamie McMahon case: Murder accused 'threatened with sword'

Jamie McMahon Image copyright Northamptonshire Police
Image caption Jamie McMahon's body was found by a passer-by in the grounds of St Giles' Church in the centre of Northampton

A murder accused told police he would have told them he was present during the fatal attack but had been threatened with a sword, a court heard.

Jamie McMahon, 26, suffered head injuries in an attack in the grounds of St Giles' Church, Northampton in October, Northampton Crown Court heard.

Michael Francis, 33, of St James Road in the town, denies robbery and murder.

Mr Francis said he was frightened of Mark Lewis, who held a sword to his neck. Lewis pleaded guilty to murder.

'Stamped on victim'

Mr Francis said it was Lewis, 19, who stamped on the victim.

He said when the pair returned to Lewis's flat after the incident Lewis had a dislocated or broken toe.

He said it had been caused by stamping on the victim.

Mr Francis said he would have gone to the police, but Lewis held a Samurai sword to his neck and threatened to kill him if he did.

The trial continues.

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