A 15-year-old boy accused of stabbing a boy to death 'didn't want to look scared' by backing down from a fight, a court heard today (October 27).
The defendant, Boy A, is one of two teenagers who is alleged to have murdered Reece Tansey in Walker Avenue, Bolton, in the early hours of May 4.
Both have pleaded not guilty.
Today (October 27), Boy A gave evidence at Manchester Crown Court - and denied trying to hurt him, or wanting to fight him at all.
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He claimed he had recently been 'chased by knives', in a unrelated incident, and didn't want Reece to 'tell other people' that he 'looked scared'.
Previously, jurors heard that Reece, 15, was killed after becoming embroiled in a dispute between a friend and one of the defendants - Boy B.
Prosecutors allege the defendants sent Snapchat messages 'goading' Reece and the friend into meeting up for a fight in the hours prior to the killing.
But after the friend changed his mind, jurors heard Reece turned up alone and was stabbed six times.
"What were you hoping would happen?" asked Richard Wright, defending for Boy A.
"We would arrange a meet up and them someone would back out," the defendant said.
Referencing one of the boys pulling out of the meeting, Mark Ford, prosecuting, asked: "Why didn't you use this as an opportunity to call everything off?"
The defendant said that Reece had already set off - as had Boy B and himself.
"If me and [Boy B] weren't going to turn up we would have looked like muppets," he said.
"I was already with Boy B and I'm not just going to call it off in front of [Boy B]," he added.
The court heard that the 'beef' was between Boy B and Recce's friend - and that Boy A got involved to back one of his 'best mates'.
Before he left his house Boy A says he drank vodka because he was 'bored' and took with him two knives from the kitchen drawer, Manchester Crown Court heard.
He said he gave one of these to Boy B as he could not get his own, as somebody was in his kitchen.
Boy B's barrister claims that the second knife never existed and that the pair never discussed knives over Snapchat.
The defendant said that he had heard that 'Reece carries knives,' the trial heard.
"If I went to the fight and Reece got a knife out, I could get a knife out," he said.
"Did you take two knives to the meeting having told Reece you didn't carry knives?" the prosecution said.
"Yeah," Boy A replied.
Boy A was asked by his barrister, Mr Wright: "Do you accept that you stabbed Reece several times and caused the stab wounds that the pathologist found on his body?"
"Yeah," he replied.
But he said that he 'can't remember each of the stabs'.
"I remember one stab, I felt it go in," the court heard.
Jurors heard that Boy A had chased after Reece, after had already fought with him, because he was worried that he would go to his home address.
The jury was shown a Snapchat Boy A posted which showed him appearing to hold a blood-covered knife - with the caption 'muppet'.
Mr Wright asked why he had written this.
"Because I was calling him a muppet," he said.
Questioned further, Boy A said: "I just did it for show".
The defendant told jurors that he didn't think Reece was seriously injured as there was only a small amount of blood on his knife and because he saw Reece walk off, the court heard.
It wasn't until around 10am after he had woken up that he heard that Reece had died, the defendant told the court.
The trial continues.