Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Alleged Killer 'Used Phone of His Victim' COURT TOLD OF CALL MADE TO POLICE

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Alleged Killer 'Used Phone of His Victim' COURT TOLD OF CALL MADE TO POLICE

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Byline: Sara Nichol Reporter sara.nichol@ncjmedia.co.uk @SaraNichol10

A SUSPECTED killer allegedly stabbed a stranger to death in his flat before using his mobile to ring police and ask for a lift home.

Daniel Johnson is accused of murdering grandfather David Wilson as he slept in his bed at his house in Southwick, Sunderland, in the early hours of December 14, 2014.

A court was told the 20-year-old had earlier stolen Mr Wilson's boyfriend's front door keys and used them to gain access to his home in the hunt for cash.

Prosecutors claim Johnson then found a kitchen knife in the flat and stabbed the 49-year-old seven times to the head and neck.

Jurors heard Johnson then stole his victim's mobile phone and used it less than half an hour later to dial 999 and ask for a lift back to his Gateshead home.

The used to at vain police him a Robert Mr Wilson's body was found by his boyfriend at 11am on December 14 after he returned to their home from hospital, where he had been treated for injuries he sustained in the earlier robbery. Johnson, of Mulberry Gardens, Gateshead, denies murder and is standing trial at Newcastle Crown Court.

Robert Smith QC, prosecuting, said Johnson was at a house party in Swan Street, just 500 metres from Mr Wilson's flat on Southwark Street, Sunderland, until he left at about 3.30am on the morning of December 14, 2014.

At the same time, Mr Wilson's boyfriend left his partner asleep in their house as he went to get food from a nearby McDonald's.

Mr Smith told the court that as he returned, Johnson mugged him, taking his keys and forcing him to withdraw cash from an ATM. However, the jury was told, he managed to escape and alert nearby paramedics, who called the police.

Mr Smith said officers attended the flat but the door was still locked and they assumed Mr Wilson was still in a deep sleep inside. …

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