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8th November 2018, 14:48

Defendant in attempted murder trial says he never intended to kill anyone

All evidence has now been heard in the attempted murder trial of Jensen Duarte. The 32-year-old has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and wounding with intent following a stabbing at Waterport Road last November.

The defence’s case rests on self-defence, with Mr Duarte claiming the complainant took a knife out to attack him first. He told the Supreme Court: “He was going to stab me”, adding he thought it would be “either him in the hospital or me” and that he never intended to kill anyone.

On day four of the trial, the court heard further evidence from the defendant, as well as from a friend who was present at the time of the incident.

The defendant was questioned as to why he had gone to Montagu Gardens and Mons Calpe Mews following the incident, with the prosecution suggesting it was to dispose of the knife, which was never found. Mr Duarte explained he went to “have a breather”.

When giving evidence, the defendant’s friend - his former flatmate - said Mr Duarte does not tend to talk about things and “just goes and hits people”. He claimed he never saw a knife, but said for the first time he thought he had seen the complainant take something out of his pocket.

The friend reportedly refused to be a witness for the prosecution, accusing the police of harassment when giving evidence. Ricky Rhoda QC suggested he was on the stand as a defence witness to “help” Mr Duarte.

Closing arguments for both sides are expected to be heard tomorrow, before the jury deliberates on its verdict.