A teenager was stabbed nine times in a dispute over the sale of hard drugs, it was alleged today.
One of the knife wounds penetrated Matthew Cassidy’s heart and he died from massive internal bleeding, Mold Crown Court heard.
Prosecuting barrister Paul Lewis QC said Mr Cassidy, 19, was “dreadfully and violently murdered” by David John Woods and Leslie Peter Baines.
Woods, 20 of Douglas Place in Liverpool, but who at the time was said to have been staying Locally on Deeside, and Baines, 48, of King’s Road in Connah’s Quay both deny a murder charge.
Mr Cassidy, of Huyton in Liverpool, was stabbed to death in the stair well of a block of flats at Bethel Place in Connah’s Quay High Street on May 29 last year.
The prosecution say that Mr Cassidy was involved in dealing drugs and his death was connected to the trade in Connah’s Quay.
The court heard how residents in the flat heard screams and screeching around the time Mr Cassidy was found fatally wounded.
One went to investigate and found a trial of blood on the stairs and then saw Mr Cassidy lying bleeding on a landing.
Another told how she heard a male voice shouting “I will f***ing kill you” and what she described as a “screech.”
Whatever was occurring, it seemed, was happening right outside her door, the court heard.
A third resident heard what he described as “horrifying screams”.
He looked out of the back of the flats and saw two men walking quickly away together from the block. One was stocky, and was wearing a baseball cap. The other appeared to be wearing a green coat.
Mr Lewis said it was the prosecution case that the two men were Woods and Baines.
One of the residents used Mr Cassidy’s mobile phone to dial 999 and he gave first aid until the emergency services arrived.
Mr Lewis said: “We anticipate that the evidence will demonstrate that both defendants were present at the time of the murder, and were jointly participating in what occurred.”
The prosecutor said Woods, the leader of a gang of drug dealers, was also known as Sticks or Sticko and others called him Ted.
Baines was alleged to be an associate of Woods and the prosecutor said he too was part of the Local drugs scene in Connah’s Quay.
Police have been able to piece together evidence of the contacts between people concerned in the case over the days and hours before Mr Cassidy’s death by looking at telephone records, ANPR and CCTV evidence.
CCTV clips were played to the jury.
Twice that morning an associate of Mr Cassidy, Shaun Ventre, received a call from a number believed to belong to a drug supplier based in the Mold area.
Very shortly afterwards, Mr Cassidy, was seen on CCTV outside the One Stop shop in Connah’s Quay with Mr Ventre.
The prosecution alleged their purposes in being in Connah’s Quay was to sell drugs.
Woods, wearing a green coat, visited Quay Stores, to top up a phone which was in regular contact with a phone used in Liverpool.
“We allege it was in connection with the drug trade, with Woods using the ‘graft’ phone to keep in touch with a criminal associate in Liverpool,” he said.
At roughly the same time, Wood’s phone called Mr Ventre and Mr Cassidy’s phone.
The prosecutor said Woods and Mr Cassidy knew each other.
At about 3pm on the day Mr Cassidy was killed, CCTV captured him and Woods together at the Quay Food and Wine shop.
They left a few minutes later and it appeared Mr Cassidy and Mr Ventre remained together while Woods went his separate way.
Later Mr Cassidy and Mr Ventre had a meal at the Wok and Go food outlet, where they stayed for about an hour.
It was, said Mr Lewis, to be Mr Cassidy’s last meal.
They took a taxi to Green Lane, Shotton, where Mr Cassidy obtained a phone charger and they were dropped off by the Hare and Hounds pub, very close to the block of flats in Bethel Place in which Mr Cassidy was shortly “to breathe his last.”
The trial, before Mr Justice Clive Lewis, is proceeding and is expected to last up to three weeks.
Source : DailyPost