A Blackpool man accused of murder told friends how he was going to “do someone tonight”, just hours before Marc Davis died from stab wounds.
Preston Crown Court heard Mark Ball was on a cocktail of booze and illegal Valium the night he visited Mr Davis’ South Shore flat on October 13 last year.
The prosecution says he was alone with Mr Davis, 41, in the living room of the flat on Alexandra Road for around 15 minutes before the victim was found lying on the floor, bleeding from four stab wounds – two of which proved fatal.
Witnesses told police they saw Ball, of Hornby Road, Blackpool, immediately afterwards throwing himself on the ground outside the flat.
Louise Blackwell, prosecuting, said: “He was being overly dramatic, shouting that he had been stabbed and repeatedly throwing himself to the floor.”
A taxi driver who took Ball, 24, and two friends to Alexandra Road said he heard Ball claim he was going to “do someone”.
Giving evidence yesterday, Christopher Marrs said: “(Ball) was really mouthing off.
“He was hyped up and he said ‘I am going to do someone tonight’.
“I remembered it because I thought he was going to do me.”
The prosection claims Ball had earlier hit another man over the head with a beer bottle.
Witness Rachel Hilton said she saw Ball approach two people he had been drinking with as they got into a taxi on Loftos Avenue.
They handed him the beer from a crate they were carrying and he hit one of them with it.
Ball denies murder.
Accused’s friend tried to save murder victim
The friend of murder accused Mark Ball tried to save Marc Davis as he lay dying. Kieran Lyons was at Mr Davis’ flat with Ball, and said he was asleep at the time of the incident.
He said he was woken by the sound of shouting, so got up and saw Mr Davis lying still on the floor of his living room. He said: “I saw blood on him and he made a funny noise, like a last breath, so I started chest compressions. I thought that was the best thing to do. I was upset and scared.” Police and paramedics arrived at Alexandra Road, but Mr Davis was pronounced dead at the scene.