Dad stabbed in home hallway by two teenagers, court hears
Floral tributes left
after James Green's death
A dad-of-five was stabbed to death in the hallway of his home
after a hate campaign was waged against him over accusations he was
a “grass”, a court heard.
James Green was followed to his Northfleet flat by Tommy Presley
and a 17-year-old youth and knifed three times, it was alleged.
Presley, 18, wielded the weapon but claims he was acting in
lawful self-defence. The other teenager, who cannot be identified,
admitted being in the vicinity but claimed he was not involved.
Prosecutor Andrew Espley said Mr Green, who was 29, had fallen
foul of a group of youths on the Hyde Estate in the area and he was
frightened of them in the fortnight before he died on June 21 this
“The prosecution say these two defendants were among the prime
movers in all this,” he told Maidstone Crown Court.
Mr Green had been trapped in a shop near his home at Holly Court
and Presley and the other youth attacked him shortly before he
suffered he fatal wounds.
Mr Espley said Mr Green had moved from South East London to Kent
and had parted from his girlfriend Samantha Braham.
She left him, taking their two sons with her two weeks before he
He was branded a police informant after he was arrested with
The accusation was made because Mr Green was released and the
other man, who was a close friend of the two teenagers, was
held in custody.
James Green was found
dead in Northfleet in June
When Mr Green saw his brother John for the last time on June 19
he was depressed about the break-up of his relationship. He spoke
of threats being shouted through his letterbox
Mr Espley said Presley’s co-accused had been asked by a friend
why he would touch Mr Green shortly before he was stabbed and he
replied it was “a blokes thing” and they had to do it.
After the fatal wounds were inflicted, he was heard to ask
Presley: “What have you done that for? What have you done?”
The seven women and five men on the jury were taken to
Northfleet on Tuesday afternoon to view the area where the victim
Presley, of Bankside, Northfleet, and the other teenager, from
Gravesend, deny murder.
The trial continues.
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