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Man stabbed to death in flat while three children hid in next room
6:17pm Monday 19th August 2013 in News
An aspiring rapper was stabbed to death while three children hid in the next room, a court has heard.
Terrified parents Matthew Purves and Zoe Lewis fought to protect the children, all aged under five, after two masked men wielding a kitchen knife and a fake gun forced their way into their flat in Parkside Quarter, Colchester, jurors at Chelmsford Crown Court were told.
The court heard how their friend, Thomas Brittain, 26, was stabbed in the struggle and bled to death on the floor of the children's bedroom.
Andre Vella, 19, formerly of Village Close, Kirby Cross and now of no fixed address, and Jack Hummerstone, 18, of no fixed address, both deny murder and wounding with intent.
Vella denies possession of an imitation firearm while Hummerstone admits this charge.
The court heard the men accept they carried out the raid but blame one another for the stabbing.
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