AN ORNAMENTAL sword was the weapon that killed a young dad from Chirk, a crown court jury has been told.
The 30cm blade damaged two veins and caused a “massive bleed” that led to the death of 21-year-old Danny Jones, who suffered a single stab wound to the abdomen on April 24.
The evidence came on the first day of a two-week murder trial which started at Birmingham Crown Court yesterday (Monday).
Richard Adam Reece, of Lord Street, Oswestry, is charged with murdering Mr Jones, following an altercation in Lord Street and Oak Street car park.
Prosecutor, Robert Price, told the hearing Mr Jones, a 21-year-old trainee accountant, died at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital shortly after 10pm on April 24.
He said that Reece, who lives with his partner and 14-month-old daughter, had been on friendly terms with Mr Jones and the pair had been drinking on the night of the incident. However, the situation changed “quite dramatically” when Reece made a comment about Mr Jones’ son.
The fight spilled out onto the street, with Reece throwing a brick at Mr Jones, before returning to his home and coming back to the car park with the sword. The pair then fronted up to one another before Mr Jones fell to the ground. Reece ran away from the scene and abandoned the blade in a neighbour’s garden.
He was arrested in the early hours of the following morning, but the court heard that during that time he had contacted several people, including a text to one friend which said he would not be in college the following day because he had murdered someone.
The trial continues.