Knife found by police in suspect’s bedroom

Police seized a knife from the bedroom of a man accused of stabbing a bartender 13 times, a court heard yesterday.

Anneka Donawa, a police officer, told the court that she was involved in the search of Alex Wolffe’s home days after the stabbing.

Ms Donawa said that in addition to several items of clothing, officers also took a black-handled knife found on a bedside table in Mr Wolffe’s room.

She added that several of the items, including the knife, were later sent for forensic tests.

Mr Wolffe, 20, denies charges of wounding, attempted robbery and two counts of intimidation in connection with an incident on October 23 last year. The court earlier heard that two men on a motorcycle chased Borislav Angelov along Harbour Road as he returned home from work in the early hours.

The chase ended in Mr Angelov’s yard and a fight broke out, which ended in Mr Angelov being stabbed in his back and his sides.

Ms Donawa said she spoke to Mr Angelov on the afternoon after the attack happened and was able to get a description of the attackers.

She added: “We had a brief conversation with him but, because he was in a lot of pain, we were unable to collect a statement from him.”

Ms Donawa said she was later involved in the official interview with Mr Angelov when he said he was stabbed after he attempted to fight off his attackers. Susan Mulligan, the lawyer for Mr Wolffe, suggested that Ms Donowa had brought up in the interview the idea that one of the robbers had worn a scarf.

But Ms Donawa said that Mr Angelov had mentioned a scarf in their original conversation on the day of the stabbing.

Ms Mulligan also questioned the officer about the police interview with a witness who claimed Mr Wolffe confessed to the crime while in custody at Westgate.

Ms Donawa told the court the witness, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, had contacted police the previous week because he said he had information about another case.

She said that after he had discussed the other case, he added that he had information about Mr Angelov’s stabbing. Ms Donowa said: “He told us that he was housed with Mr Wolffe and he confessed to being involved in the Harbour Road stabbing.

“He probably provided some details but I cannot say verbatim what he said. I can tell you what he said the next day in the recorded interview.”

The officer denied a suggestion that the witness had asked for probation and said he did not seem to be “overly eager” to give evidence.

Ms Donawa also told the court that she had first met the witness in September 2018 — about two months before the interview about the stabbing because he wanted to give information about an unrelated case.

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