An alleged attacker accused of murdering George “Geordie” Dagg threw a knife at another man on the night of the killing, jurors have been told.
Witness Anthony Taggart, who was with Mr Dagg when he was stabbed to death, said Jess Ryan flung a knife at him, which missed, during the build of to the fatal attack on Mr Dagg in June.
Newcastle Crown Court heard father-of-two Mr Dagg, 53, had been socialising at his home in Purley Road, Plains Farm, Sunderland, when he was “laid out” by Ryan with a punch after a row erupted.
Mr Taggart said Ryan left the house but kept coming back, kicking or knocking at the door and looking for trouble. Mr Taggart said: “He came back a couple of times. “He threw a knife at me but it didn’t go anywhere near me, it hit the bumper of a van and went under the van.
“He came back still acting himself, I told him to go home.” Defence barrister Alistair MacDonald QC said Ryan had returned to the house to collect his phone and jacket, which had been left there during the initial trouble.
Mr Taggart said: “If he wanted his stuff I would have gladly gave him his stuff, he didn’t say that.” The court heard a knife was found under a nearby parked van after the killing, which Jess Ryan said he had simply picked up and then discarded during the early stages of the trouble.
Jurors have heard it was on the third visit back to the house Ryan brought along his brother Jack Ryan and the fatal stabbing happened. Jack Ryan denies he was at the scene of the killing and claims he spent the night at home. Mr Taggart said during the confrontation one of the men had told him they were brothers.
Prosecutors say Jess Ryan, 24, of Toronto Road, Sunderland, inflicted the fatal stab wound to Mr Dagg and had his brother Jack Ryan, 21, of nearby Toronto Square was there as armed back up.
Mr Dagg died in hospital after the knife wound to his leg severed a main artery and caused catastrophic blood loss. Both brothers deny murder.