A TEENAGER who is alleged to have stabbed his friend during an argument over a £400 burglary has denied a murder charge.
Ryan Bowers, 19, of Ely Way, Thetford, is charged with killing Anthony Adams on June 5 of this year.
Bowers is alleged to have stabbed Mr Adams, 19, in the heart and liver in Ely Way at about 1.55pm after Mr Adams confronted his friend about a burglary at his house.
He was taken to West Suffolk Hospital, in Bury St Edmunds, but died later.
Norwich Crown Court heard on Tuesday how, on June 4, Mr Adams – known as ‘Ant’ – had received a call offering him cannabis, and three ounces were delivered.
Prosecutor Matthew McNiff told the court that Bowers was at Mr Adams’ house when the drugs arrived.
He said: “Bowers was present and Adams put the drugs in the fridge and left the house to get on with his day.
“Later, Bowers telephoned Ant and asked him if he was at home and, told he was out, saw this as an opportunity to steal the cannabis.
“He said Mr Adams must have thought about who knew where the cannabis was and worked out who was the culprit.”
Mr Adams went to Bowers’ home the following day armed with a baseball bat and began shouting abuse, said Mr McNiff.
The court heard that while he stood outside on the pavement, Bowers emerged carrying two concealed knives.
It was then that the alleged scuffle took place after which Mr Adams stumbled away holding his injuries.
“He died of stab wounds to the heart and liver,” said Mr McNiff.
Bowers told police that ‘it was all over a £400 burglary’. He denies the charge of murder and says he was acting in self- defence.
Following the incident, Bowers’ girlfriend Sharna Langston, 20, is alleged to have hidden the two knives used and helped him flee.
Bowers was arrested the next day by arrangement.
Langston claims that she stashed the knives when she was in ‘shock’ over the events.
Mr Adams, a former Methwold High School pupil, was described as a ‘well-liked young man’ at the time of his death.
The hearing continues and is expected to last for two weeks.