Defendant in Danny Fox murder trial '˜ran towards' victim

An off-duty bouncer who was fatally stabbed on a night out had followed his attacker after he threatened to punch a woman, a court has heard.

Monday, 27th February 2017, 4:09 pm
Updated Wednesday, 1st March 2017, 9:44 am
Danny Fox was killed during a night out with pals in St Helens town centre

Daniel Fox, 29, who also worked as a carer for autistic children, was stabbed in the chest in the early hours of the morning in St Helens, Merseyside, on September 2 last year.

Leighton Holt, 20, denies the murder of Mr Fox, but Liverpool Crown Court heard he was expected to claim he stabbed him in self defence.

The court heard Mr Fox was outside Bar 44 in the town centre at about 3am when Holt approached Joel Maudsley, who was with the victim, to ask for some of her cigarette, but she refused.

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Danny Fox died from a single stab wound to his upper chest

Gordon Cole QC, prosecuting, said: “At that stage the defendant, we say, responded by becoming aggressive and effectively threatened to punch her head in.”

He said when Miss Maudsley told the group what had happened another man, Andrew Parr, approached Holt and told him to “leave the girls alone”.

Mr Cole said: “We say that what happened was an indication of the state of mind of the defendant that night, because the defendant’s response to being told to just leave the girls alone was to be aggressive to Andrew Parr, shouting and using the words ‘I’ll f****** slice you’.”

He said Mr Parr slapped Holt, who then pulled a knife from his pocket.

Danny Fox died from a single stab wound to his upper chest

The court heard Holt’s girlfriend, Kaitlin Douglas, pushed him away from Mr Parr, who was standing with Mr Fox.

CCTV showed Holt, from Stockbridge Village, Knowsley, and his girlfriend walking away from the group and Mr Fox and Mr Parr then following him.

Mr Cole said Holt continued to shout threats at them but began to run away.

He said: “There came a point when they both stopped and it’s right that Daniel Fox, we will see it from CCTV footage, actually stopped on the pavement near to the Sports Direct store.”

He added: “What is clear is that he, the defendant, changed direction and then ran towards Daniel Fox, who had stopped running by that stage, and it was at that point the knife was used, in effect in a slashing, stabbing type motion.”

Mr Fox, who had appeared on E4 show Tattoo Fixers, died from a single stab wound to his upper chest.

The court was told Holt, his girlfriend and her friend Emily Schofield, got a taxi away from the area.

Footage showed the knife being thrown out of the window of the taxi as it went through a McDonald’s drive-thru.

The court heard the weapon, a butterfly knife which could be folded to conceal the blade, was later recovered and found to have Mr Fox’s blood on the blade and Holt’s DNA on the handle.

The case is expected to last two weeks.