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Defendant in gay stabbing death case gives evidence

PUBLISHED: 17:25 09 December 2009 | UPDATED: 11:16 12 August 2010

A SCAFFFOLDER accused of killing a frail 59-year-old and attempting to murder his partner told a court the pair sexually assaulted him while he slept. David Kilcullen, 46, of The Avenue, Bickley, appeared at the Old Bailey on Tuesday where he said he ha

A SCAFFOLDER accused of killing a frail 59-year-old and attempting to murder his partner told a court the pair sexually assaulted him while he slept.

David Kilcullen, 46, of The Avenue, Bickley, appeared at the Old Bailey on Tuesday where he said he had only met Gerry Edwards once, six years earlier and had never met his partner Chris Bevan until March 3 this year when the incident took place.

Mr Edwards was fatally stabbed by Kilcullen, who claims he was acting in self defence, while Mr Bevan suffered wounds to his face, neck, ears, back, arms, hands and upper torso in the violent altercation.

He appeared for the first time in the court room on Tuesday to watch his accused attacker give evidence.

On the night of March 3, the self-confessed alcoholic claims he walked past the Mr Edwards' house in Page Heath Villas and because he was drunk decided to ask for a drink in compensation for an incident in 2003 where he tripped over a cable running from the house onto the pavement.

He said: "I went into the front room. Mr Edwards directed me to an arm chair.

"I fell asleep. I woke up and there was Mr Edwards in front of me with my penis in his mouth and Mr Bevan was fondling my testicle. I jumped up and walked out. I just wanted to get out of there."

Kilcullen returned home and said he was 'angry' that the men had 'taken advantage' of him and that it has caused him to have flashbacks of being raped by his father's friend when he was 14.

He said: "It didn't affect me straight away. It was about five minutes later. I was angry. I had a flashback to when I was a teenager. I wasn't very happy about it at all. I decided to go back and confront them and try and blackmail some money out of them."

He admits taking a knife from his home and going to the couple's house wearing socks on his hands.

The prosecution alleges Kilcullen went to the house to steal a car or money from HIV positive Mr Edwards, who he saw as 'easy pickings' but that he had thought he lived there alone and was 'surprised' to see Mr Bevan there as well.

Earlier, the court heard nurse Mr Bevan claim the allegations of sexual assault were 'absolute bulls***'.

He told jurors that his frail partner of 18 years had befriended Kilcullen months before the horrific incident.

Mr Bevan spent months in hospital and had to have his spleen removed and is now staying in a hospital rehabilitation unit.

Kilcullen denies charges of murder and attempted murder. The trial continues.

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