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A murder trial has heard more evidence about violence and the use of knives leading up to the fatal stabbing of teenager Kyle Yule.

One witness told of seeing one of the five youths in the dock pulling out a baseball bat on a Gillingham street and another throwing a crutch at his car.

There was also evidence about one of the defendants, Victor Maibvisira, brandishing a Samurai sword.

Murder victim Kyle Yule
Murder victim Kyle Yule

Maibvisira, 19, of St John’s Road, Gillingham, three 17-year-olds and a 16-year-old, from Gillingham, Croydon, Sittingbourne and Stevenage, Hertfordshire, all deny murder, an alternative of manslaughter and violent disorder.

Maibvisira, known as Vee, and one of the 17-year-olds have admitted threatening "another" with a machete in Gillingham Road, Gillingham, six days earlier.

Another 17-year-old has denied affray on that date.

Kyle, who was 17, was attacked in East Street as he tried to flee to his home in nearby Hamilton Road on Friday, October 6 last year.

He was knifed under his right armpit as violence broke out between rival gangs from Chatham and Gillingham, and died soon afterwards.

Gabriel Calin, 18, said in evidence at Maidstone Crown Court he was with friends a few days before October 6 while driving his silver Renault Clio when he saw Maibvisira with friends.

The group started to chase them near the High Street and he said he saw Vee throw the hospital crutch at his car.

He added he saw another youth with a baseball bat down his trousers.

A shrine in memory of Kyle Yule
A shrine in memory of Kyle Yule

He heard one member of the group shout: “Watch, we see yous, pussies.”

Oliver Saxby, QC, for one of the other teenagers on trial, suggested to Mr Calin, known as Gabby, that there was no baseball bat.

“You are giving evidence on oath in a murder trial,” he said.

“It cannot be more serious. You are being shown (CCTV) footage which proves absolutely in black and white that you got it wrong.

"Are you not prepared to reconsider your evidence?”

Mr Calin insisted: “There was a baseball bat. He got it out but probably didn’t get it out on camera. He went round the corner running.”

Mr Saxby replied: “It’s lies, isn’t it?”

The witness said: “No, it isn’t lies.”

Mr Calin also told how a younger teenager handed him a knife on another occasion near the railway station after he saw a black boy with two knives.

“They were kitchen knives about 12 to 13in,” he told the jury.

“He had socks around them. He had socks on his hands and he was holding them. I didn’t even know him.

“I took the knife so I could make sure they would bug off. Vee was standing around. "My knife was about two-and-a-half feet long. I was pointing it towards the boy with the knife.

“He was swinging for me, trying to cut me. I kept dodging and moving out of the way. Vee was trying to fight Kyle. I didn’t know what was going on between those two.

“Kyle was a bit drunk at the time. He hurt his head on the kerb and someone called an ambulance.

"I think he was jogging and he stacked it (fell over) and hit his head. He was jogging because he was trying to get away.”

The trial continues.

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