A man charged with the murder of Sion Davies has blamed his co-accused for callously shooting him twice with a crossbow as he was “begging” for his life.
Lee Michael Roberts said co-defendant Anthony “Charlie” Munkley murdered the Wrexham man.
In interviews read to the jury at Mold Crown Court by barrister Simon Rogers and Detective Constable Andy Crawford, Roberts said that he desperately tried to save Mr Davies from falling three floors from a balcony.
Blamed his co-accused
Roberts, 33, of Pentre Gwyn, Wrexham, who initially gave a series of “no comment” replies eventually told police officers that he had been Munkley’s flat in Deva Way, Wrexham with his girlfriend in the morning before Mr Davies was killed to borrow money. He went back there that night to buy drugs.
Roberts said that he had never met Mr Davies before he opened the door for him that night.
Roberts said he went to the toilet and claimed Mr Davies and Munkley began scuffling in a row over drug money.
According to him Munkley went into the bedroom saying he would get the money but he came back with a crossbow and “bang, shot him,” Roberts claimed.
Mr Davies was screaming “no Charlie, no Charlie”, but Roberts said Munkley took no notice.
It was “like something off the telly, a cartoon or something. He was begging for his life,” the court heard.
Mr Davies went to the floor and Roberts said that Munkley shot him again.
He said that Mr Davies then ran through the kitchen and onto the balcony and tried to slide himself down.
Roberts said that on the balcony he tried his best to pull Mr Davies up but he couldn’t.
“I just seen his eyes. He slid down to the bottom. I am in an awkward position now so I’ve had to lean over to try and pull him but I couldn’t. I just couldn’t pull him up without pulling myself over.
“I’m dangling over the bars, trying to pull him, anyway, he’s just fell,” he claimed.
Roberts said that he should have gone to the police and told them what happened straight away but he was scared.
He said he hated Munkley for what he had done and that when he went to sleep he saw “that lad’s eyes”.
He would never be able to get the image out of his head, the court heard.
When the video footage from Mr Davies’s mobile phone was played to him, Roberts confirmed that he was there with a knife in his hand but said he had picked it up to defend himself.
But the prosecution said the post mortem examination shows that Mr Davies also had stab and slicing wounds with a knife or knives.
Munkley claims to have left the flat before Mr Davies was attacked and claims that Roberts was not even there.
But Roberts said he was there and was scared when Munkley shot Mr Davies – but denies that he himself stabbed Mr Davies.
The prosecution say that he was stabbed and slashed with knives, shot with a crossbow, and was pushed or fell three storeys from a flat in Wrexham, in a dispute over drugs money.
Both Roberts and Munkley, 53, deny murdering Mr Davies, 25 of Hullah Lane, Wrexham, in October of last year.
Munkley’s wife Gwenythe Munkley, 55, known as Gwen, who at the time also lived in Deva Way, denies helping her husband evade arrest.
The trial continues.