Murder accused denies killing fellow drinker

Ricky Walker
Ricky Walker

A man accused of murdering a fellow drinker in a flat in Scarborough told a jury on Monday that he did cause him some injuries but not all of those found on him.

Andrew Thomas Stevenson said he had been drinking and did not remember everything that had happened at the flat in Princess Street but did recollect two short fights with Richard Walker.

He told Leeds Crown Court the first time was after Mr Walker spoke of an incident involving football hooligans at a public house in Newcastle.

Stevenson told the jury he accepted he reacted after Mr Walker said he could have him killed and when he kept going on about the hooligans they had a second fight.

He denied under cross-examination by John Elvidge QC prosecuting that he took photographs on the phone belonging to his co-accused Clifford Honeyman, showing Mr Walker already with facial injuries about 7.15 pm on the evening of October 19, the night before he was found dead.

He told the jury he did not know who had taken them. He thought Honeyman had been asleep at the time.

He agreed he had told police when interviewed on the murder allegation that he had not assaulted Mr Walker but said things had come back to him since.

He said he did not know if he inflicted all the facial injuries shown on the phone. He agreed with Mr Elvidge that Mr Walker already looked in “no fit state to give anybody any trouble.”

“There was no need for him to be put to the ground and then given more punishment, do you agree,” asked Mr Elvidge.

“Yes,” replied Stevenson.

The prosecution barrister said every rib in Mr Walker apart from four were broken. “Did you do all of that,” asked Mr Elvidge.

“No,” replied Stevenson. Asked how they were caused he said he did not know.

He said he did not know the gap between the fights and denied he had kicked him.

Mr Elvidge said the forensic scientist had described blood inside the grooves on the heel of one of his shoes as consistent with a stamping action. “You were stamping on Mr Walker weren’t you?”

“No,” replied Stevenson.

“Is the truth that you and Clifford Honeyman got stuck into Richard Walker?” said Mr Elvidge.

“No” said Stevenson.

“Fighting him in that flat and ultimately kicking him and punching him to death,” said Mr Elvidge.

“No,” replied Stevenson.

Honeyman, 42, and Stevenson, 39, of no fixed addresses each deny the murder of Mr Walker and deny two charges of robbery on other drinkers on earlier dates. A third man Stephen Atkinson, 55 of Oxcliff, Scarborough denies the two charges of robbery.

The jury has heard Mr Walker had 39 separate fractures of the ribs. On his left side he only had one rib which was not broken. He also had a fracture to his breastbone, his thyroid cartilage and to two lumber vertabra.

Honeyman told the jury in his defence: “I don’t know what went on I was asleep.”

The trial continues.