A jury has heard the agonising final moments of a Sheffield man stabbed through the heart and lungs over an alleged drugs debt.
A 999 call made by Luke Walker, a friend of victim Mohammed Khalil, moments after he had been stabbed nine times was played at Sheffield Crown Court this afternoon.
Mr Khalil asked Mr Walker to call an ambulance for him in the immediate moments after the attack, before collapsing in his flat in Greenland Drive, Darnall.
The sound of Mr Khalil gasping for breath could be heard as Mr Walker, who had also been in the flat at the time, talked to a 999 call handler shortly after 1am on October 21 last year.
A member of his family wept in the public gallery in court as the tape was played.
Mr Walker said on the call that Mr Khalil had asked him to phone 999.
He said: “He has come in and said ‘Call an ambulance’. He is covered in blood and he has been stabbed. He is dying.”
As Mr Walker tried to provide medical assistance to Mr Khalil as they waited for an ambulance, he told the call handler his friend was losing consciousness.
The call handler asked Mr Walker whether Mr Khalil could say who had stabbed him but Mr Khalil was unable to answer. An ambulance arrived at the address around eight minutes later and Mr Khalil was rushed to the Northern General Hospital, but was pronounced dead at 2am.
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 a group of four 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 Walker to retract the statement he made to the police. They deny the charges.
The court also heard today from forensic pathologist Dr Charles Wilson, who said Mr Khalil had died as a result of ‘multiple stab wounds in both of his lungs and in his heart’.
Dr Wilson said traces of heroin and cocaine were found in Mr Khalil’s blood but had played no part in his death.
He said the stab wound to the heart had caused ‘very severe’ damage.
Dr Wilson said: “Essentially, if that wound isn’t treated absolutely immediately, it is a fatal wound. Even if sewn up very quickly, there is still a fair chance Mr Khalil would have died.”
He said another wound to the chest may have also been sufficient on its own to cause death. The trial continues.