Teen ‘didn’t mean to stab’ friend

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A TEENAGER accused of stabbing his friend to death has told a court that ‘he didn’t deserve to die’.

Ryan Bowers, 19, of Ely Way, in Thetford, is alleged to have murdered Anthony Adams, also 19, on June 5 of last year.

The incident occurred when the friends argued over the theft of three ounces of cannabis from Mr Adams’ house.

Speaking at Norwich Crown Court on Tuesday, Bowers told the jury that he was ‘sorry’ that Adams had died.

He said: “I didn’t mean to do it – I didn’t intend to stab him.

“He didn’t deserve to die. I feel very bad.”

Mr Adams went to Bowers’ house with a baseball bat to confront him after a burglary at his house in Norwich Road.

The court was told that Mr Adams stood on the pavement outside with the bat and shouted abuse at Bowers, who was inside.

Bowers then came out of the house with two concealed knives and stabbed Mr Adams in the heart and liver.

Bowers told the court that he couldn’t remember much detail from the event but claimed that Adam’s had told him he was ‘dead’.

Bowers said he had left the house and approached Mr Adams.

“I looked down at the knives to show him what I had got.

“Ant saw the knives and stopped but only for a second or two.

“Then he tried to hit me,” he told the court.

Mr Adams swung for Bowers twice before grabbing him round the neck, Bowers said. He then claims there was a struggle and that he discovered later that Mr Adams had been stabbed.

Sharna Langstone, 20, of Browing Road, Ipswich, is alleged to have hidden the knives used in the incident. She denies assisting an offender.

Mr Adams died at West Suffolk Hospital, in Bury St Edmunds, later that day.

The jury is expected to retire to consider a verdict when the trial continues today.