A farmworker denied stabbing an off-duty doorman to death at a bedsit in Yeovil during a series of police interviews, a court heard.
Matthew Sheridan told officers that he had not been involved in the fight that led to the death of former Torbay Hospital security man Louis Bednall last December.
The 29-year-old also denied provoking the fatal argument by stealing a bottle of vodka from the bedsit in Hendford Hill.
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Mr Bednall was staying overnight at the property with his girlfriend during a pre-Christmas visit to friends, the court was told.
Sheridan is on trial at Exeter Crown Court accused of murdering the 40-year-old dad-of-five during an argument about a bottle of vodka.
The prosecution allege he stabbed Mr Bednall repeatedly in the head, back and neck and killed him with a wound that severed his jugular vein.
They allege he had broken into the bedsit while Mr Bednall, and three friends had nipped out to buy Pot Noodles from Tesco just before it closed at midnight.
The jury have been told Sheridan stole an unopened litre bottle of vodka and got into an argument with Mr Bednall and tenant Simon Bishop when they remanded it back.
Sheridan was interviewed several times by police and the jury have spent the day listening to a transcript being read, with prosecuting counsel Miss Anna Vigars, QC, reading the questions and the officer in the case reading Sheridan’s replies.
Louis Bednall died in December last year
During one interview, Sheridan was shown CCTV of him coming out of Room 4 immediately after the stabbing with blood on his face and clothes.
He said:”It is not his blood. I did not kill him. I didn’t do nothing. I didn’t know the lad. I didn’t have any issues with him. There was no reason for me to get into anything with him.
“It is just nonsense. I didn’t rob nothing from nobody. I didn’t burgle anyone’s alcohol. I don’t lose my temper. I’d rather be friends with people. I would rather have common ground rather than increasing the angst.
“I’m not an aggressive person. I want to love people. I want to compromise. I don’t want to fight people. I’m not like that.”
He told the police he was not drunk on the night of the killing because he had to work on a farm the next day. He said he had a fiancée with a child on the way and denied being called Manic by anyone other than the friend he was staying with in Yeovil.
He said a cut on his hand and blood on a wall had come from him breaking a glass while play-fighting with his friend Derrick ‘Diggy’ Michael and that comments he made on Snapchat videos were not serious.
The trial continues and Sheridan is likely to start giving evidence in person tomorrow.
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