Man 'murdered in vicious attack' in Holyhead
A 29-year-old Anglesey man stabbed a car mechanic to death after a day of drinking and drug taking, Caernarfon Crown court has heard.
Scott John Whitley is accused of murdering Leon Jones as the victim walked home with his girlfriend in Holyhead, Anglesey, last November.
The jury was told it was a vicious attack which nothing could justify.
Mr Whitley admits a charge of manslaughter and possessing a knife but denies murder. The case continues.
Opening the case against the defendant, John Philpotts QC said the prosecution team did not accept the guilty plea to manslaughter.
He told the jury that Mr Whitley, at the very least, intended to cause Mr Jones "very serious harm" when he confronted him in Holyhead on 28 November last year.
"We say that Scott Whitley deliberately armed himself with a large potentially lethal weapon and went to confront Leon Jones," he said.
"We say, in a word, that this was murder."
The court heard that on the night Mr Jones died he had been walking home with his long-term girlfriend, Laura Jones, in Holyhead.
The pair had said goodnight to each other and were heading to their own homes when the defendant approached Ms Jones.
"She rebuffed the defendant and he threatened to slap her," said Mr Philpotts.
Ms Jones returned to her boyfriend after the altercation, and the jury was told they continued on their way.
However, it was claimed that the defendant went to his home nearby and picked up a large kitchen knife with a 19.5cm (7.7in) blade.
He then went back onto the street and approached Mr Jones and his girlfriend, shouting: "Come on then", the court heard.
Mr Philpotts said Ms Jones tried to put herself in between the defendant and her boyfriend, and was pushed to the ground after grabbing the attacker around his head.
"She saw Scott Whitley strike a blow. She thought it was a punch," said the prosecution barrister.
"By the time she had got to her feet Scott Whitley had gone."
Mr Jones had suffered a single stab wound to the chest, piercing his lung and heart, the court heard.
He never regained consciousness, and was pronounced dead in hospital an hour and a half later.
The court was told that the defendant was arrested the following morning in the Colwyn Bay area.