Jury considering verdicts in Norwich knife attack trial sent home

Norwich Crown Court. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

Norwich Crown Court. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood - Credit: Archant

A jury in the trial of a 19-year-old accused of being involved in a knife attack on a man in a Norwich flat will continue deliberations tomorrow after being sent home for the night.

Norwich Crown Court heard the victim needed a blood transfusion after being stabbed in the leg after he was attacked by three youths at a flat in Jewson Road.

David Wilson, prosecuting, told the jury of seven women and five men that the victim was set upon by the youths on September 28 last year.

He said they later returned armed with weapons to carry out a second, more serious attack.

That only ended when the victim's sister told them to stop or they were going to kill him.

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Brandon Green, of Tuckswood Lane, Norwich, has gone on trial after he denied wounding with intent and assault causing actual bodily harm to the victim and also causing actual bodily harm to the victim's sister, who was injured trying to protect her brother.

Green refused to take the stand to give evidence in the case himself.

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Judge Alice Robinson told the jury they should seek to reach unanimous verdicts in the trial after she finished summing up the case this afternoon (Thursday, March 21).

The jury were sent out to start their deliberations at 3.03pm but was sent home shortly before 4pm.

They will return at 10am tomorrow (Friday, March 22) when they will continue their deliberations in the case.

Green had not given evidence in the case but she told jurors that was the defendant's right not to give evidence.

She told them they must not assume he was guilty just because he did not give evidence.

Earlier, closing speeches were given by Mr Wilson, prosecuting, and Daniel Taylor, defending.

Mr Wilson said the defendant was identified by the victim's sister who she had known for about two to three years as she had supplied both her and her brother with drugs.

He said the defendant was a drug dealer who discovered he had been 'shortchanged' by the victim.

Mr Wilson asked the jury what does a drug dealer who has been shortchanged do?

He asked the jury whether you 'walk away and say 'that's all rather unfortunate'' or do you 'leave a mark'.

He said: 'The defendant is a drug dealer and part and parcel of that is to enforce debt and send out a message that he can't be short changed or taken advantage of.'

Mr Wilson said drug dealing was a business that needed customers and 'customers that pay'.

Mr Taylor, defending, said the victim's sister had a grudge against the defendant who she did not like and has given evidence against him in order to 'get back at him for other grievances'.

He also said that apart from a finger print there was 'no forensic evidence to link Brandon Green to this attack'.

He said the attack was not sophisticated but 'frenzied, spontaneous and violent'.

He said there was 'blood everywhere' yet nothing had been evidenced by the prosecution to link his client to the victim.

The jury has already been told that two defendants, Connor Farley, 18, and a 17-year-old boy who cannot be named for legal reasons, have admitted their involvement in the case.

The trial continues.

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