A roofer suffered a horrific stomach injury after he was allegedly assaulted by his two drug dealers in a savage attack in Grimsby, a court heard.
Jack Howes was found collapsed outside a property close to where he was attacked in Macaulay Way in the early hours of March 20 this year. Mr Howes, 29, had agreed to meet Kian Feve and Robert Wattam to buy drugs but an argument broke out, the court was told.
Mr Howes ran off before being fatally attacked. The prosecution argues the attack was carried out by Kian Feve, 22, of Southfield Road, Scunthorpe, and Mr Wattam, 23, of School Houses, Broughton – but both men deny murder.
Opening the murder trial on Monday at Hull Crown Court, Stephen Wood KC, prosecuting, told the jury that Kian Feve and Mr Wattam were drug dealers involved in selling the class A drugs heroin and crack cocaine. Mr Howes was one of their customers and had arranged to meet them late on March 19 to purchase drugs.
However, in the early hours of March 20, an argument or altercation took place. CCTV captured Mr Howes running away and he was chased by two men before he slipped.
Mr Howes was assaulted, during which he was also stabbed twice, in the chest and abdomen, with the latter causing a “catastrophic” injury. Mr Wood told the jury that those responsible were Kian Feve and Mr Wattam.. He said that regardless of which of them was armed with a knife and who delivered the blow, both men were culpable and took part in a joint attack.
Also appearing at the trial are Darren Watson, 28, of Queensway, Scunthorpe, who denies assisting an offender by picking up Kian Feve and Mr Wattam from Grimsby and driving them back to Scunthorpe, impeding the apprehension or prosecution of them, on March 20. Kian Feve’s father, Darren Feve, 45, of Southfield Road, Scunthorpe, denies perverting the course of justice on March 23 by telling Humberside Police that his son was at home.
CCTV was shown to the jury which captured the moment Mr Howes was attacked in Macaulay Way. It shows the victim, wearing a high-vis jacket, running away from two men who the prosecution say are Kian Feve and Mr Wattam.
In the footage, Mr Howes slips and the two men catch up with him. They are shown kicking him as he lays on the ground. As Mr Howes gets up, they lash out at him. It later transpired that Mr Howes had been stabbed twice.
Mr Wood said Kian Feve and Mr Wattam had come to The Macaulay Street and Haycroft Street area of Grimsby a few days earlier, where they began selling drugs. They sold drugs to one woman who lived in Haycroft Street and then, over the next few days, began visiting her and asking to hang out at her home in exchange for drugs. They were hanging out there on March 19 when Mr Howes contacted them and arranged to buy drugs.
Explaining the CCTV as it was shown to the jury, Mr Wood said: “The CCTV shows two men attacking Mr Howes. He is chased and slips. He is then kicked before being stabbed twice.”
Mr Howes did not succumb to his injuries straight away but managed to flee the scene. However, he collapsed a short distance away.
Mr Wood told the jury: “Nearby a resident heard a commotion outside his home. There was a bang on his door and someone shouted ‘help me’. He could see someone standing over a man laid on the ground and he was told to call an ambulance which he did. “The resident said it was like something out of a horror movie.”
Mr Howes was rushed to hospital but he was already in cardiac arrest and died at 2.30am on March 20. A post-mortem examination confirmed that he had suffered two stab wounds as well as other injuries but it was the abdomen wound that killed him.
Mr Wood said that afterwards Mr Watson drove Kian Feve and Mr Wattam from Haycroft Street back to Scunthorpe, during which time both men changed and then got a taxi back towards Grimsby. Calls had also been made to hotels
Mr Wood said two knives were found at the women’s address in Haycroft Street. One had Mr Howes’ blood on it and Kian Feve’s DNA. Trainers belonging to Mr Wattam were also later discovered which were splattered with Mr Howes’ blood.
None of the four defendants admitted the offences when interviewed by police. Mr Watson admitted picking the two men up, but claimed he had no idea there had been a stabbing or that any criminality had occurred. Darren Feve said he thought police were visiting his address to carry out a drug search and said that he may have got days mixed up, but denied deliberately lying to cover for his son.
The murder trial is being overseen by Judge John Thackray and the trial is set down for four weeks. Kian Feve, Mr Wattam and Mr Watson have been remanded in custody while Darren Feve is on bail.
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