Alleged Sheffield killer said he was on a ‘desperate’ search to buy drugs at time of an attack on retired caretaker on Christmas Day

Picture shows Stephen Starkey who has died from injuries after being attacked in his Sheffield home on Christmas day. See Ross Parry copy RPYROB : A 61-year-old man was injured when his house was robbed on Christmas Day on Reney Crescent. A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a resident who was robbed in his Sheffield home on Christmas Day died in hospital. The 37-year-old suspect is being quizzed today by detectives following the incident in Reney Crescent, Greenhill. Officers said a man was attacked in his own home before cash and a games console were stolen. Police said the robbery victim was left in a critical condition after the raid and died overnight.'Tom Maddick / Rossparry.co.uk
Picture shows Stephen Starkey who has died from injuries after being attacked in his Sheffield home on Christmas day. See Ross Parry copy RPYROB : A 61-year-old man was injured when his house was robbed on Christmas Day on Reney Crescent. A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a resident who was robbed in his Sheffield home on Christmas Day died in hospital. The 37-year-old suspect is being quizzed today by detectives following the incident in Reney Crescent, Greenhill. Officers said a man was attacked in his own home before cash and a games console were stolen. Police said the robbery victim was left in a critical condition after the raid and died overnight.'Tom Maddick / Rossparry.co.uk
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An alleged killer has said he was on a ‘desperate’ search to buy drugs at the time of an attack on a retired caretaker on Christmas Day.

Wayne Muirhead denies attacking Stephen Starkey and said he was trying to find a dealer to supply him with heroin and crack cocaine.

Muirhead told Sheffield Crown Court he was ‘in agony’ because of back pain, which had led to him becoming addicted to morphine and later Class A drugs.

He said on Christmas Day, he had walked to Lowedges from his home on the Batemoor estate and tried two addresses where he thought he would be able to buy drugs before entering a flat near Greenhill Park, where he knew a drug dealer sold drugs.

While there, he told the jury he stole two mobile phones and a games console as well as cash. He said he then ‘left as quietly as possible’ before asking a neighbour to phone him a taxi and joked with the driver he had ‘won the cash in the bookies’.

He later managed to obtain £100 of drugs with the stolen cash and took them with a neighbour.

Prosecutors say Muirhead barged into Mr Starkey’s home on Reney Crescent and punched him in the face before knocking him over and breaking his collar bone. Mr Starkey died in hospital five days later.

Muirhead, of Batemoor Road, Batemoor, denies ever going to Mr Starkey’s home. He denies manslaughter and two counts of robbery.