Defendant's 'heartbreaking' claim over murder of Sheffield dad Lewis Bagshaw
A man who has been jointly accused of murder has told a court it has been “heartbreaking” to have been accused of something he claims he has not done.
Sheffield Crown Court has heard how Lewis Bagshaw, 21, was allegedly chased and stabbed twice in the chest on July 21, 2019, before he was found on Piper Crescent, near the Southey Green area, of Sheffield, and later died at hospital.
The four accused who all deny murder include a 17-year-old boy, of no fixed abode, who cannot be named for legal reasons, Callum Ramsey, 18, of Batworth Drive, Shirecliffe; Jervaise Bennett, 20, of no fixed abode; and Nicki Humphrey, 42, of Avenue Grove, Harrogate.
Nicholas Campbell QC, prosecuting, said Mr Bagshaw was allegedly murdered after a dispute arose following an alleged assault on Mr Bagshaw’s father Daniel Cutts in May, 2019, by the 17-year-old and Mr Humphrey over a drugs dispute.
Lewis Bagshaw had turned-up on Piper Crescent with friends, according to Mr Campbell, and as they pulled up in a Vauxhall Corsa a BMW X5 pulled-up behind with the four defendants armed with a knife.
Humphrey who was a driver for the 17-year-old drug-dealer, has claimed he had only been driving when Mr Bagshaw’s father was attacked and had only been driving when Mr Bagshaw was allegedly murdered.
Mr Campbell QC accused Mr Humphrey of planning to drive to Piper Crescent with the co-accused prior to the stabbing because that is where they knew they would find Mr Bagshaw.
Humphrey said: “That’s false. It’s a lie. I did not know Lewis would be there and I did not think Lewis would be there or knocked about there.”
He added: “It’s heart-breaking to be accused of something I have not done.”
Humphrey said: “For me to be accused of murder and accused of a plan is wrong, Mr Campbell. It did not happen like that.”
He has also pleaded not guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent upon Mr Cutts.
However, the 17-year-old, who has accepted being involved in drug-dealing, has pleaded guilty to this assault charge.
The trial continues.