A man accused of murdering a South Yorkshire prison inmate was defending himself against a knife-wielding ‘maniac’, a court heard.
Autistic Julian Maylor, aged 24, denies murdering 22-year-old Michael Hennessy, who was stabbed to death at Lindholme Prison in Doncaster last December.
Malcolm Swift, defending Maylor at Sheffield Crown Court, said Hennessy was a ‘savage aggressor’ with a history of prison violence, who had gone, armed with at least two homemade knives to Maylor’s cell and attacked him with the intention of killing him or doing him very serious harm.
The prosecution say Maylor took a ‘shank’ – prison slang for a homemade knife – from his cell and stabbed Hennessy in the neck.
Mr Swift said Maylor was acting in self defence.
He said: “It was an ambush. Maylor was the victim, not Mr Hennessy. Mr Hennessy was the perpetrator. He was the savage aggressor.
“No-one deserves to die but Mr Hennessy brought this on himself.
“He’s a violent criminal with an unenvious record of wanton, serious indescriminate violence against anyone who crosses him.
A second man, 24-year-old Reiss Comrie, denies murder, supplying both men with prison-made weapons and wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
Peter Joyce, for Comrie, said the prosecution was ‘nonsense’ and there was not a ‘hint’ of scientific evidence to connect Comrie with the weapons.
The trial continues.