Witness tells jury she saw fight in the street
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”.
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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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