A ROW over a stolen mobile phone and a pet dog escalated into a street brawl which ended in a man being stabbed to death, Leeds Crown Court heard.
Richard Oldroyd, of Great Pond Street, Ravensthorpe, is accused of murdering Peter Brocklesby, 50, just yards from the victim’s home in Brooklyn Road, Cleckheaton, on May 7. He admits stabbing Mr Brocklesby, but denies murder.
Prosecutor Peter Moulson QC told the court an argument broke out at a house party in a flat in Brooklyn Road, close to the home which Mr Brocklesby shared with his partner Lisa Cooke.
During the argument over a stolen mobile phone, Oldroyd punched party-goer Gareth Lightowler, who then left.
Mr Lightowler had taken Mr Brocklesby’s dog with him to the party but then left it behind.
Witnesses said the dog was later tied up outside the flat, where it was allegedly kicked by Oldroyd, prompting Mr Brocklesby, who was not at the party, and several others wielding sticks and bats, to confront the group of revellers.
Mr Moulson said that during the brawl Mr Brocklesby swung a punch at Josiah Mayman, a friend of Oldroyd’s, but was knocked to the floor.
Mr Mayman told the court his hooded top was pulled up over his head, obscuring his vision.
“Then I saw the guy lying on the floor. He was a couple of metres in front of me and he was on his hands and knees,” Mr Mayman said. “I saw him [Oldroyd] stab him in the back, then I ran off.”
Mr Lightowler recalled going back towards the people from the party with Mr Brocklesby and Miss Cooke.
“A scuffle broke out,” he said. “I can’t remember who was fighting.
“The next thing I can remember is Peter grabbing onto me and falling to the floor. Someone shouted ‘He’s been stabbed’.”
Lisa Cooke told the court she had pleaded with Mr Brocklesby not to leave their flat to join in with the trouble as he had only recently been let out of prison following a 22-year sentence for drugs offences.
She said: “The only thing I remember is seeing people here, there and everywhere, Peter had already fallen in front of me. “
She said a woman from a nearby care home started giving him mouth-to-mouth “but he was already gone.”
The trial continues.