A TEENAGER has admitted stabbing his “mate” at a house party – but insists he did not mean to kill him.
Robert Heneghan re-enacted exactly how he moved the kitchen knife towards 19-year-old Sam Bee as he took to the witness box for the fourth day of his murder trial at Preston Crown Court.
But the 19-year-old maintains he was acting in self-defence and when asked by his defence barrister, David Fish QC, if he meant to kill Mr Bee, Heneghan replied: “No”.
The pair had been at a party at the house of Mr Bee’s sister, Sarah, on August 14 last year to celebrate her boyfriend’s birthday.
Witnesses have described to the court how the atmosphere at the party changed after Heneghan, of Palatine Road, Blackpool, became embroiled in a fight with his best friend.
Heneghan told the court how Mr Bee, who lived in South Shore, had asked him why he was fighting with his friend, and he had called him a “muppet” and told him to “shut up”.
Other guests then began to leave the flat, but Heneghan said: “I asked Sam Bee why he was getting involved again and called him a muppet again and then me and Sarah started arguing.
“She hit me again once to the face and then I started to cover up with my arm. She carried on throwing punches and then Sam came from behind her rushing towards me.
“I ended up picking up this thing and swinging out with my arm. It was a knife.
“I felt it hit him but I didn’t know where or how deep. I thought he would jump back to be honest.”
Heneghan later said there was only a small bit of blood on the knife and he thought it had just “grazed” the teenager.
Mr Bee’s body was discovered later the same night in a hotel yard between Dean Street and Station Road, in South Shore.