June 19 2013 Latest news:
by Court Reporter
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
A father-of-two was knifed to death in a packed nightclub after being blamed for another stabbing just minutes earlier, a court heard.
Kelvin Easton, of Gospatrick Road, Tottenham, was killed after a rumour circulated in the Boheme nightclub in Mile End that he was responsible for injuring Sean Blake, the Old Bailey was told on Wednesday.
Mr Blake’s friend Warren Allen, 29, now stands accused of being part of a group of up to eight men who stabbed the 23-year-old repeatedly, including once through the heart, leaving Mr Easton so badly injured he was pronounced dead on the club’s stairs where he collapsed.
Allen, of Steve Biko Road, Finsbury Park, denies murder.
The bloody scenes unfolded in the main room of the club between 4.05am and 4.30am on March 27, 2011, when some 500 revellers were inside.
William Boyce, prosecuting, said a “rush of men” stormed towards Mr Easton just moments after the attack on Mr Blake.
“Anyone in their way is brushed aside,” Mr Boyce told the court. Mr Easton was stabbed four times.
Jurors heard Allen already held a grudge against Mr Easton after the pair were arrested for being drunk and disorderly following a fight two months earlier.
“By the time they were in the ruckus, there was obvious aggravation between them. At the police station, it would seem, Mr Allen was still, to put it mildly, rather sore with Mr Easton,” said Mr Boyce.
He added there was “no indication that that animosity had healed” by the time of the attack.
Allen, who is thought to have been stabbed accidentally during the fight, later checked into Whittington Hospital, Archway, using a false name before disappearing in the middle of the night.
His girlfriend Nathania Simon, 24, of Huntly Road, South Norwood, then lied to detectives, claiming she had not heard from Allen since the killing when the pair had actually spoken on the phone “several times a day” and met up, Mr Boyce said.
Both were arrested in Oxfordshire in November.
She denies two counts of perverting the course of justice. The trial continues.