Murder accused Brian Cahill admitted taking a teenager’s life on Christmas Eve but claimed it was an accident.
Prosecutors say he deliberately stabbed Owen Kerry, 19, in the abdomen at a social club in Cramlington, Northumberland.
Giving evidence at his murder trial at Newcastle Crown Court, Cahill claimed he had been pushed to the ground, where he said he found an object that he later realised was a knife.
Claiming he felt threatened, he said he pushed out, with the object in his hand, but didn’t realise until later that he may have stabbed Owen.
Prosecutors say in fact he had the knife down his sock and pulled it out and murdered Owen in a joint attack with his girlfriend, Lyndsey Harper. Both deny murder.
Cahill took to the witness box for the first time on Tuesday afternoon.
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