Man re­calls mo­ment that friend died try­ing to save him.

Wit­ness says party-go­ers tried to rea­son with stranger who ac­cused them of spy­ing on him

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Two party-go­ers hid be­hind a wall in a Dundee stair­well try­ing to rea­son with a “pure wasted” man who was fir­ing ar­rows at them shortly be­fore one of them was killed, a court heard yes­ter­day.

Ja­son Sin­clair re­called the mo­ment his friend Gor­don Did­uca was stabbed to death af­ter he tried to rush their as­sailant and wres­tle the weapon from his grip.

Mr Sin­clair, 22, de­scribed a scene of chaos as he gave ev­i­dence in the trial of Charles Lit­tle at the High Court in Glas­gow.

Lit­tle, 32, de­nies fir­ing ar­rows from a bow at Mr Did­uca and oth­ers at Dun­don­ald Court in the early hours of Septem­ber 25 2017, be­fore strik­ing Mr Did­uca with a knife and killing him.

The court heard a group of friends had been drink­ing, tak­ing co­caine and lis­ten­ing to mu­sic in a ground floor flat at the ad­dress for more than 10 hours, when one of them an­nounced that a neigh­bour was out­side the door with a bow and ar­row.

Mr Sin­clair said: “At first I didn’t be­lieve it.

“I went to the door and opened it, and he (Lit­tle) was stand­ing there. There were lots of holes in the door where he’d been stab­bing it.

“I slammed the door shut and held it, and he was still try­ing to come in. Then I heard him and Gor­don ar­gu­ing in the close – I hadn’t seen him go out that door.

“I went out and saw Gor­don stand­ing at Charles’ door and he (Lit­tle) was stand­ing with an ar­row point­ing at Gor­don, say­ing he was away to shoot him.

“He was speak­ing proper non­sense, say­ing we had been spy­ing on him. He said it was our fault he had lost his girl­friend and his job.

“I’d never met the boy in my life, and me and Gor­don were both try­ing to tell him that. Me and Gor­don were hid­ing be­hind the walls in the closie and he kept fir­ing ar­rows. Gor­don was telling him to calm down.

“Whatever Gor­don was telling him, he wasn’t tak­ing it in. He looked pure wasted, like he was on drugs.”

The court heard Mr Did­uca then rushed to the ac­cused and tried to wres­tle the bow from him, but was stabbed in the neck with a knife.

Mr Sin­clair added: “I tried to help Gor­don. I put my arm around him and I was stabbed as well, in the arm.

“I punched Charles in the face and he was just go­ing men­tal, scream­ing, shout­ing.

“I let go of Gor­don and he fell to the floor. He was gone.”

Mr Did­uca died from stab wounds in hos­pi­tal later.

Lit­tle, of Dun­don­ald Court, de­nies a to­tal of five charges in­clud­ing mur­der, as­sault, threat­en­ing or abu­sive be­hav­iour and as­sault to in­jury, per­ma­nent dis­fig­ure­ment and im­pair­ment, as well as pos­ses­sion of a class B con­trolled sub­stance.

The trial, presided over by Lord Matthews, con­tin­ues.

Gor­don Did­uca died from stab wounds in hos­pi­tal.

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