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A MURDER suspect has said he did stamp on a man’s head but thought it would just give him a black eye.
Duncan Hearsey, who is 17 stone, punched, kicked and stamped on 65 year old 5ft 5in and 11 stone Alan Creasey. Giving evidence at his murder trial yesterday the 45-year-old said he had gone to Mr Creasey’s Lancing home believing the older man owed him £40 for a gardening job – having already been thrown out of two pubs and a kebab shop on a drunken bank holiday.
Mr Creasey called the police and Hearsey said he had believed he had been “trying to get him in trouble” by pretending Hearsey was hitting him whilst on the phone. Hearsey told the jury at Lewes Crown Court he left, but then returned, waiting for the police to depart before returning to confront Mr Creasey, who picked up a paint scraper.
Weeping in the witness box Hearsey, of Emerald Quay, Shoreham said: “I felt a bit scared. Something evil was going on with him.
“He slashed the scraper at me. I felt it scrape across my gloved hand. He did it again. Then I hit him with my left hand to the right side of his head. Then I hit him with my with my right, a little bit harder. I didn’t try and punch him as hard as I had but I punched him quite hard.
“He went straight back and hit his head on the ground. I went in to kick him. My foot went across his face and I missed him I believed. I was trying to keep my balance. He was on the ground when I went to kick him. I brought my foot back. In my head and I don’t know if I said it to myself, I thought ‘ give him a stamp, give him a black eye’ for what he had done.
“I did stamp on him, with my left foot. My ankle twisted and scraped down the side of his face. I assume that’s what ripped off his ear. After that I went. I believe that’s what happened.”
Hearsey’s defence barrister Alan Kent QC asked: “When you punched him what were you trying to do?”
“Adrenaline kicked in and he was trying to hit me with the scraper”, Hearsey replied.
“When you stamped on him Did you intend to kill him?” Mr Kent asked.
“No I didn’t,” Hearsey replied.
“Did you intend to cause him really serious harm?, Mr Kent asked.
Hearsey replied: “I didn’t want to get myself in any more trouble than what I was in. I just thought I was going to give him a black eye for what he was doing to me.”
Hearsey denies murder.
The trial continues.
Source: The Argus