Victim’s partner pays tribute

Police outside the flats in Alexandra Road

Police outside the flats in Alexandra Road

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The partner of a man who died after allegedly being stabbed in his own living room broke down in court as she paid an emotional tribute to him.

Pauline Toth was with Marc Davis, 41, the night he died in his flat on Alexandra Road, South Shore, on October 14 last year.

Speaking at Preston Crown Court yesterday, during the trial of murder accused Mark Ball, she said: “He was just laid back and placid. He was basically anything for a quiet life.

“He was not an aggressive person.”

Miss Toth said she had gone to the bathroom in the early hours of October 14, leaving Ball, 24, and Mr Davis alone for a matter of minutes, and returned to find her partner dead. She said: “I thought Marc was messing about so I booted him and said ‘get up’. He just didn’t move so I nudged him again.

“I lifted his chin up and he was dead.”

Miss Toth told the court Ball, of Hornby Road, was stood next to Mr Davis but said nothing.

Ball then left the flat and attempted to leave the building, and Miss Toth said she chased him to the main stairwell. She admits she had a knife she had taken from the kitchen and stabbed him.

The jury heard she has pleaded guilty to stabbing Ball, and will be sentenced once the trial involving Ball is over.

She said: “I chased him upstairs and I leathered him.

“He kept saying, ‘I’m sorry’. Every time he said he was sorry I stabbed him.”

Ball denies a charge of murder.

Behaviour of accused ‘was comical’

Holiday makers who saw murder accused Mark Ball in the moments after he himself was stabbed have described his movements as “comical”.

Catrina and John Coulson were staying in a hotel opposite Marc Davis’ flat, and heard shouting as Ball left the property.

They said he was shouting in the street, ‘Help me, I’ve been stabbed’ while repeatedly falling on the floor.

Mr Coulson said: “When he went down it amused me because he went down in a way that would protect himself from injury. I said, ‘This isn’t right, it’s comical’.”

Claire Pengilly was staying at another hotel on the road.

She said: “It was quite dramatic. He was clearly injured, but it seemed quite comical.”

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