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Margate murder trial told Richard McAuley stabbed Mark Miles with Sambuca bottle

A dad-of-five was murdered with a broken bottle of Sambuca, it has been claimed.

The alleged killer then walked away, leaving Mark Miles, 44, to bleed to death, a jury was told this week.

Mark Miles was allegedly murdered
Mark Miles was allegedly murdered

And when told Mr Miles had died, Richard McAuley - who denies murder - is alleged to have told police: "Good."

The incident happened during a drunken get-together at a flat in Sandhurst Place, Margate, in October last year.

The court heard how McAuley, 24, and Mr Miles had been drinking with friends at a neighbour's home.

Prosecutor Simon Taylor told the jury: "It was this socialising that led to both men drinking together at the home of Sadie Marchant.

"What happened, it seems, was that, at around 1.50am, McAuley was drunk and said something about the females present.

"As a consequence, Mr Miles took exception and confronted McAuley.

Police at the scene in Sandhurst Place, Margate. Picture: UKNIP
Police at the scene in Sandhurst Place, Margate. Picture: UKNIP

"In response, McAuley took hold of a bottle containing Sambuca and attacked Mr Miles with it, using it as a weapon.

"During the course of the attack the bottle was broken and McAuley stabbed Mr Miles with the broken bottle several times, including a fatal blow to, the neck."

Mr Taylor told how Vicky Miles then went to her husband's aid and was also cut by the bottle being wielded by McAuley.

McAuley, of Northdown Road, Cliftonville, has denied murder and wounding Ms Miles with intent.

The prosecutor said that instead of calling an ambulance or helping the dying man, McAuley "simply fled the scene, apologising to Sadie Marchant as he did so".

Police and the scene in Sandhurst Place, Margate. Picture: UKNIP
Police and the scene in Sandhurst Place, Margate. Picture: UKNIP

"The blunt fact is that by leaving the property in that way, Mr Miles bled to death," he added.

McAuley was arrested nearby covered in blood and was "abusive and obstructive, to officers," Mr Taylor alleged.

"When he was arrested he was plainly very drunk.

"He was abusive and obstructive to the police and made a number of significant comments to the officers during the course of their dealings with him.

"Indeed, at one stage, when being informed that Mr Miles had died, he replied 'good'."

The trial continues at Maidstone Crown Court.

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