Murder accused ‘in scrum’ with South Yorkshire victim

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A MAN accused of murdering a friend by knifing him through the heart told police he picked up the blade after his pal threatened him with a syringe, a court heard.

Sammy Haughton, aged 29, was stabbed when he visited 36-year-old John Green at his home on Colley Crescent, Kendray, Barnsley.

The dad, of Sunderland Terrace, Measbrough Dike, was stabbed in his face, head, chest and back – and Green allegedly left Sammy to die in his front garden last December while he mopped up bloodstains.

Bryan Cox QC, prosecuting, said that forensic scientist Dr Samantha Warnakulasuriya was provided with a summary of Green’s account to police before she examined the scene.

“John Green claimed he had been threatened with a syringe needle and he then picked up the knife and used it to stab Sammy Haughton in a downward motion,” Mr Cox told jurors.

“He removed the knife from Sammy, a struggle followed, and the two men became involved in a rugby scrum outside the property.”

Dr Warnakulasuriya said she found marks on a wall near the stairs in Green’s semi-detached house caused by ‘projected’ blood.

“They’ve literally flown through the air on to the wall,” she told the court.

“This is in keeping with it being pumped out of a ruptured blood vessel.”

She added that the floor beneath the kitchen doormat was ‘heavily bloodstained’, and that there were splashes of blood around the mat caused by mopping.

Jurors have heard that Green – who denies murder – was an alcoholic, while Sammy had ‘long-standing problems’ with drug abuse.

The trial continues.