Sister relives party knife attack horror

Sam Bee (below) who suffered fatal stab wounds after an incident on Dean Street.

Sam Bee (below) who suffered fatal stab wounds after an incident on Dean Street.

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A HEARTBROKEN sister has told a murder trial jury of the moment a knife was plunged into her teenage brother’s chest.

Sarah Bee wept as she told Preston Crown Court how 19-year-old Sam was attacked after trying to play peace-maker in an argument.

Sam Bee

Sam Bee

Miss Bee appeared as a witness on the first day of Robert Heneghan’s trial on Monday.

Heneghan, 19, of Palatine Road, Blackpool, denies murdering Mr Bee.

The court heard Heneghan and Mr Bee had been at Miss Bee’s flat, on Dean Street, Blackpool for a party to celebrate her boyfriend’s birthday on August 14 last year.

But all the other guests had gone outside after an argument broke out between Heneghan and his best friend, which resulted in Heneghan getting cut above his eye.

Miss Bee, 21, said: “Heneghan sort of looked at Sam with a bit of a smirk on his face.

“He calmly walked into the kitchen, walked back out and he just stabbed him.

“He just threw his arm out and stabbed him straight in the chest.

“Sam was just stood there doing nothing.”

Miss Bee described how her brother had earlier attempted to calm the situation down, but had been warned by Heneghan to “shut up or he would knock him out”.

After the stabbing, Miss Bee said she bundled her brother out of the door to protect him – he was not seen again until his body was found later that night in the back yard of a hotel between Dean Street and Station Road, South Shore.

She added: “I didn’t think the stabbing had been very serious because Sam didn’t make a noise to say he was hurt.

“He just said ‘what have you done that for?’ and he was still stood up.”

Factory worker Mr Bee, from South Shore, had only recently returned to Blackpool after living in Somerset.

Jeremy Grout-Smith, prosecuting, said: “The defendant denies murder.

“He said he was acting in self-defence and didn’t intend to kill Sam Bee or injure him seriously.”

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