A Sheffield man was murdered after being stabbed through the heart and lungs over a drugs debt, by four men who turned up at his home in the middle of the night, a jury heard.
Despite the efforts of paramedics, drug addict Mohammed Khalil, aged 42, died in the Northern General Hospital an hour after the vicious knife attack at his home in Darnall.
Sheffield Crown Court heard Mr Khalil suffered eight stab wounds after being tricked into opening the door of his flat in Greenland Drive, last October.
When police and paramedics arrived he was lying on the floor of his living room, covered in blood.
Robert Smith QC, prosecuting, said: “At around 1am on October 21, a man named Mohammed Khalil answered the door of his flat in Greenland Drive, Darnall.
“There were at least four callers at his door.
“The prosecution say they included two of the defendants in this trial = Connor O’Brien and Corry Walters.
“Connor O’Brien was well known to the deceased man and had visited his flat many times in the past.
“Mr Khalil was heavily addicted to drugs and he was cautious about opening his door to anyone without knowing who it was.”
Mr Smith said he opened the door because O’Brien shouted through the letterbox ‘it’s Connor’ and Mr Khalil recognised his voice.
“He was stabbed eight times with a knife or knives. Four times to the torso. He was stabbed in the front of his chest and he stabbed in the back.
“His injuries were so serious that within the hour he had died in hospital where he had been taken by ambulance.”
Connor O’Brien, aged 26, of Jubilee Road, Darnall, and Corry Walters, aged 22, of Stubbin Lane, Firth Park, deny murdering Mr Khalil.
It is alleged they were among the group of men who barged into the flat.
Callum Walters, aged 21, of Valentine Crescent, Darnall, and Nicole Poppe, aged 22, of Rolleston Road, Firth Park, both deny perverting the course of justice.
The prosecution say they tried to get Mr Khalil’s friend Luke Walker, who was in the flat at the time of the fatal attack and overheard it - to retract the statement he made to the police. They deny the charges.
The trial continues. Read full story in tomorrow’s Star.