Wit­ness tells jury she saw fight in the street

Warwickshire Telegraph - - NEWS - By BEN EC­CLE­STON

A WIT­NESS has de­scribed the mo­ment she saw Daniel Ken­nell stabbed in a fight which would leave him dead.

Saman­tha Mul­hall told a jury she watched in a panic as Ryan Pre­ston held a knife be­fore stab­bing Mr Ken­nell on St Austell Road, yards from Mr Ken­nell’s home.

Ryan Pre­ston, 27, of Her­mitage Road, Wyken, de­nies mur­der­ing his for­mer school­pal on July 8 last year.

He is stand­ing trial at Warwick Crown Court.

His mum, Tracey Pre­ston, 53, of the same ad­dress, is also on trial fac­ing a charge of as­sist­ing an of­fender over the al­le­ga­tion she drove her son from the scene. Yes­ter­day the jury heard Miss Mull­hall, who lives on St Austell Road, de­scribe how she saw the pair fight­ing be­fore Ryan Pre­ston pro­duced a knife.

She told the court: “They were head-to­head when fight­ing and then I could see be­hind the male I didn’t know (Pre­ston), there was a knife at the side of him.

“It seemed like Daniel didn’t see it.”

Miss Mul­hall told the jury it ap­peared Ryan Pre­ston, who she did not know, was hid­ing the knife and that as the men be­gan to fight again she be­gan to panic in­side.

She said Ryan Pre­ston then swung the knife, seem­ingly in­jur­ing Mr Ken­nell’s arm.

She said: “It seemed like the male shouted some­thing and Danny tried to turn and that’s when I saw the male stab him.”

As Mr Ken­nell then walked away, Miss Mul­hall said he saw her watch­ing through the win­dow be­fore he fell to the ground and she be­gan to scream.

Af­ter go­ing into the street she said she heard Pre­ston say as he ap­proached Tracey Pre­ston’s blue Peu­geot car: “I stabbed him mum”.

Mr Ken­nell died from a sin­gle stab wound to the chest.

Miss Mul­hall’s mother, Caro­line Mul­hall, fol­lowed her daugh­ter into the road, and also claimed to have heard Ryan Pre­ston speak be­fore get­ting into the car.

She told the jury he said ‘Mum I’ve stabbed him - let’s get out of here,’ be­fore get­ting into the car which then drove away.

On the third day of the trial yes­ter­day, the jury heard from other wit­nesses who said they heard Ryan Pre­ston say he had stabbed Mr Ken­nell.

A mother who was sit­ting in her parked car in St Austell Road with her daugh­ter at the time of the fight said Tracey Pre­ston’s car had pulled up op­po­site her own.

The wit­ness, who we are not nam­ing to pro­tect the iden­tity of her young daugh­ter, also a wit­ness to the in­ci­dent, said Ryan Pre­ston got into the blue Peu­geot.

She told the jury: “As he got into the car to face his mum and says ‘I’ve stabbed him mum, I’ve stabbed him.’

“It was clear as any­thing.”

The court heard that there was “no re­ac­tion” from the wo­man, Tracey Pre­ston, in the car and she “ap­peared to be dead­pan”.

The wit­ness said the man then again said “I’ve stabbed him mum move”.

As the blue Peu­geot drove away, the wit­ness asked her daugh­ter to take a photo of its reg­is­tra­tion MOST WI mem­bers have do­nated sup­plies, money or vol­un­teered at lo­cal food­banks, re­search sug­gests.

The Na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Women’s In­sti­tutes (NFWI) said it feared adults would con­tinue to rely on sup­plies from food­banks un­less the Gov­ern­ment took more ac­tion to tackle the is­sue.

Ann Jones of the NFWI said: “His­tor­i­cally, the WI was at the front­line of sup­ply­ing food to a coun­try rav­aged by war; but to­day phone.

The mother said she then got out of her car and saw Mr Ken­nell ly­ing on the pave­ment, be­fore she rang 999.

An­drew Smith QC, for Ryan Pre­ston, suggested that the only words the wit­ness heard from the man who came to the blue Peu­geot were “let’s go” or “just drive”.

She re­peated hear­ing him say­ing “I’ve stabbed him”.

Trevor Mee­gan, who rep­re­sents Tracey Pre­ston, said that in a pic­ture the wit­ness drew for po­lice of the lay­out of cars in St Austell Road, the blue Peu­geot wasn’t com­pletely op­po­site her car in the road.

The wit­ness said that was a mis­take and the Peu­geot should have been “dead op­po­site” her car.

Mr Mee­gan stated that the pic­ture was ac­tu­ally “cor­rect”, but the wo­man coun­tered: “It was right op­po­site me and I had a clear view right in to her car and her win­dow was di­rectly op­po­site mine.”

Mr Mee­gan asked if the words the man said about stab­bing some­body were ac­tu­ally said while he was run­ning down the road to­wards the Peu­geot.

The wit­ness replied: “No it wasn’t. It was when he was in the car.”

The trial con­tin­ues.

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her it is clear that WI mem­bers are bat­tling to tackle food in­se­cu­rity on a very dif­fer­ent front - via do­na­tions to food banks and soup kitchens.

“Food poverty is a very real is­sue, and we have found from our sur­vey that WI mem­bers are tak­ing the ini­tia­tive and do­nat­ing to food banks and other or­gan­i­sa­tions in their com­mu­ni­ties.

“Whilst it is heart­en­ing to see the pub­lic step­ping in like this, this is re­ally just a stick­ing plas­ter.”

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