Jealous ex-boyfriend stabbed former lover’s new partner, court hears

06:52 12 December 2012

A jealous ex-boyfriend stabbed his former lover’s new partner after finding him topless in her house, a court heard.

Damien Douglas, 24, of Ballance Road, Hackney, east London, is said to have killed Kemar Duhaney, 21, of Bruce Grove, Tottenham, in a jealous rage.

Douglas denies murder but pleaded guilty to manslaughter, which is not accepted by the prosecution at the Old Bailey.

Duncan Atkinson, prosecuting, told the court yesterday that the killing came when Sheloney Johnson started having a relationship with Mr Duhaney after she split up with Douglas.

Mr Duhaney was stabbed through the heart with a kitchen knife outside her home in Buxhall Crescent, Homerton, in July.

Mr Atkinson said a week before the stabbing, the defendant discovered Mr Duhaney in Miss Johnson’s house and told him to leave.

He described a warning given by Douglas as “a threat born out of jealousy”.

On the day of the killing, Douglas went to the house and, when he realised Mr Duhaney was upstairs, went to the kitchen.

The court heard that he went upstairs with a “large kitchen knife” and tried to slash Mr Duhaney’s chest.

Mr Atkinson told the jury: “Not only had he tried to arm himself with a knife, he used it immediately.”

Douglas left but called Mr Duhaney outside. Mr Duhaney went out with a mop-handle and the two men squared up to each other before they started fighting, the jury heard.

Mr Atkinson told the court neighbours could see that Douglas was holding a large knife.

Jurors heard that Douglas is alleged to have been “acting like a boxer” and “swinging the knife in Mr Duhaney’s face”.

Mr Atkinson said Mr Duhaney was “not wearing a top” and began to “bleed profusely, almost immediately” as he was stabbed.

“Mr Duhaney was seen to lose his strength as he moved away and he collapsed not far down the road,” Mr Atkinson added.

“Mr Duhaney was struck as he was backing away from the defendant.”

The victim was taken to the Royal London Hospital and was pronounced dead at 5.20pm that evening. Two hours later, the defendant handed himself in at a police station.

The trial was adjourned until today.

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