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Kilcullen trial: Accused murderer 'confessed to pal'

PUBLISHED: 12:55 03 December 2009 | UPDATED: 11:25 12 August 2010

A SCAFFOLDER confessed all to a drinking pal just hours after stabbing a frail 59-year-old to death and trying to kill his partner, a court heard. Paul McKervill, 40, appeared at the Old Bailey yesterday where he told the court he was terrified of

A SCAFFOLDER confessed all to a drinking pal just hours after stabbing a 'frail' 59-year-old to death and trying to kill his partner, a court heard.

Paul McKervill, 40, appeared at the Old Bailey yesterday where he told the court he was 'terrified' of David Kilcullen, who is accused of the murder of Gerry Edwards and attempted murder of his partner Chris Bevan at their home in Page Heath Villas, Bickley, on March 3 this year.

He said he witnessed Kilcullen, whom he had known for 20 years, dumping a holdall, allegedly containing bloodstained clothes, in a wheelie bin and that he asked him to provide an alibi after confessing to the crimes.

At around 10pm on the day of the murder Kilcullen turned up on Mr McKervill's doorstep in Bromley and asked him to go to the off licence so he could be seen on CCTV.

On the way there Mr McKervill said he saw him put a large bag in a Biffa bin before the two of them went to shop and then to a third man's house where Killcullen described attacking the men, the court heard.

Mr McKervill said: "He told me he went to the property which he thought was occupied by one person. He knocked on the door and a fella opened the door. He knocked the fella to the floor and proceeded to stab him. He punched him as hard as he could. It was as if he was telling me a bedtime story.

"He was confronted by another man who said to David 'what do you want? Do you want money? We have money if you want it.' He said 'I don't want money'.

"The man lunged towards him so he proceeded to stab the man who had come down the stairs. He said the knife had bent or broke and that he couldn't believe the strength of the man still coming at him so decided to head-butt him as hard as possible.

"He grabbed a bottle of wine off the rack and started to beat him around the head with it.

"The wine bottle broke and he proceeded to stab him in the neck with it. He slumped down on the sofa in a sitting position. He kicked him as hard as he could in the nuts. There was no response. He said 'I thought the man was dead'. He panicked and turned and left. The sock had come off his hand and he was concerned that he may have left prints on it."

Mr McKervill told the court the defendant had asked him to say he was with him all day on March 3.

He added: "He said I need an alibi, I said 'that's not happening'. I'm not going to lie for somebody.

"The man was frightening. He was terrifying me."

The court heard how just days earlier on February 28, Kilcullen had allegedly attacked Mr McKervill after 'turning' on him when they had been drinking at a friend's house in Petts Wood.

Mr McKervill claims he broke his nose and gave him a black eye 'for no reason'.

Asked by the defence why he had remained with Kilcullen, he said: "I was frightened. I thought he was coming out with fairy stories. The man was calm as if he was telling me something out of a Jack and Jill book. Now it had come true."

He explained why he had only told half the story to the police when he was interviewed on March 18. He added: "I began to realise how important the matter was. I didn't know what the matter was about to start with.

"As soon as the police reassured me I told the whole truth. I've never been in this situation before and I certainly don't want to again.

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