Butterfield killed by two stab wounds to chest

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Raymond Butterfield died as a result of two stab wounds to the chest, a jury was told yesterday.

A post mortem found that the 28-year-old footballer suffered two stab wounds, one which punctured his left lung and a second which struck an artery.

The Supreme Court also heard he suffered injuries to his left hand typical of defensive wounds.

Prosecutors have alleged that Mr Butterfield suffered the fatal injuries on March 5 in a clash with Mikiel Thomas in the street outside of the Blue Waters Anglers Club in a dispute stemming from a refused drink.

PC Raisa Tuzo testified that she attended the scene just after 11pm in response to reports of a fight outside of the club.

She said she saw a group of people outside the club, including two men who appeared to be in an argument and approached them, thinking that it was the clash that was reported.

“I asked them why they were engaging in the argument,” she said. “One said he was angry because he had gotten a message that some one had called his sister a b***h because she refused a drink.

“He said he came ‘to slap some n*****’s head off’.”

While speaking to the men she noticed Mr Butterfield, who she knew from school, approaching her and her partner’s police car.

“I noted that because I knew Ray and he didn’t talk to police,” she said. “I saw him sit in the driver’s seat and thought that was strange.

“It wasn’t until a member of the public shouted out that he was bleeding that I went across to lend assistance.”

She told the court that Mr Butterfield was bleeding from a wound to his upper left chest and was not responding to those speaking to him.

“His eyes were open and he was moving around, but he wasn’t saying anything,” she said. “It seemed to me he was in shock.”

Mr Butterfield was taken to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, where he died of his injuries.

Mr Thomas, 19, has denied a charge of murder.

Earlier in the trial, the jury heard evidence from a witness who testified that earlier in the evening she had an argument with Mr Butterfield after someone he was with in the club insulted a friend.

She left the club and ran into Mr Thomas and other members of his football team, leading to a clash between the victim and the defendant in which Mr Butterfield punched Mr Thomas before going back into the club.

The witness testified that a short time later Mr Butterfield left the club, he and Mr Thomas ran at each other and clashed in the street.

Under cross-examination, she accepted that she had been arm-in-arm with the suspect seen in CCTV footage as clashing with the victim — which she had not mentioned to police.

The trial continues.

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