Bentilee murder trial latest
A FRIEND of murder-accused Lee Shaw has told a jury how he spoke with the defendant in the hours after he allegedly stabbed a man to death in Bentilee.
Shaw, aged 34, is on trial at Stafford Crown Court charged with murdering Dalbagh Singh Malhi in Wellfield Road on May 13 last year.
Shaun Cope told the jury he rang Shaw in the early hours of May 13 'to find out what had happened'.
He said Shaw told him he had 'done what he had to do' to protect himself and his girlfriend. Mr Cope said Shaw denied having used a knife.
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The prosecution alleges Shaw attacked Mr Malhi - who was known as Bugsy - after drinking and taking drugs at a party, because he was wound up that a taxi failed to pick him up.
Shaw, of Community Drive, Smallthorne, accepts killing Mr Malhi but denies murder. He claims he acted in self defence.
The trial continues.
For more on the case see tomorrow's Sentinel.