A man was left for dead after being chased and stabbed in the back by an ‘elated’ teenager described as ‘happy’ and ‘proud’ after the attack, a court heard.
Joe Walker, aged 23, of Intake, Sheffield, was chased by a group, including the defendant, 17, and ‘brought to the ground and kicked’ before he was knifed, Sheffield Crown Court was told.
Jurors heard Joe had punched the alleged attacker a few moments earlier in retaliation after a friend was assaulted.
Joe had been at a party, where his alleged killer had also been, in a flat on Waltheof Road, Manor, Sheffield, on the night of the fatal stabbing last September.
The ‘atmosphere had turned nasty’ and arguments and fights had broken out’, said Jonathan Sharp, prosecuting.
One row was said to have erupted after Joe confronted his attacker for snorting cocaine at the party.
Mr Sharp said Joe was attacked after he left the party and walked outside the flat demanding to know who had left his friend with a bloody nose.
He clashed with the defendant and ended up striking out at him ‘possibly more than once’ before running off when he spotted a knife.
“Once Joe had run off the defendant was in no danger of being punched again. He had no reason to defend himself at all but he chose to chase Joe down the path.” said Mr Sharp.
“He was not alone. He was part of a group that quickly formed and joined in the chase of Joe. But it was he (the defendant) who had the knife.
“The group caught up with Joe and overpowered him. He was brought to the ground and kicked.
“During the attack the defendant raised the knife and stabbed Joe in the back and so killed him.”
Mr Sharp said the alleged attacker had been ‘elated’ after the attack, with witnesses describing him as appearing ‘happy’ and ‘proud’.
The alleged attacker, who cannot be named because of his age, denies murder.
The trial continues.