A man told a murder trial jury he couldn’t remember attacking a father with pliers after a fight broke out at a house party.
A Leeds Crown Court jury heard Kenny Adams died after suffering suffered severe stomach injuries, a fractured skull and eight broken ribs in the alleged attack by Craig Kelly at the house in Belle Isle, Leeds.
Kelly, 35, is also accused of using the pliers to inflict wounds on his partner, Tracy Myers, during the incident on March 22 this year.
It is also alleged he raped another woman during the same evening at the property in The Clearings.
Prosecutor Neil Davey, QC, said Mr Adams suffered injuries from pliers to his nose, finger, ear, nipple and leg.
Cross examining Kelly yesterday, Mr Davey asked him if failing to recall using a pair of pliers to attack Mr Adams was a case of “selective memory loss.”
Kelly said: “I just can’t recall using the pliers.”
He told the court he did punch and kick Mr Adams, but denied stamping on him.
Mr Davey asked him: “Do you agree Mr Kelly that there came a time when you punched Mr Adams to the ground.”
Kelly replied: “When he assaulted me first, yes.”
The prosecutor asked: “Once you had punched him to the ground he was no longer any threat to you was he?”
Kelly told the court: “I don’t know, he could have got up and started attacking me.”
Mr Davey said a witness had seen Kelly stamp on Mr Adams “eight or nine times”, and asked him: “Whilst he was on the floor and you were kicking him, and I suggest stamping on him, you intended to hurt him really badly didn’t you?”
“No,” he said.
Mr Davey continued: “You certainly did hurt him really badly didn’t you?” He replied: “It wasn’t supposed to happen.”
Kelly told the jury the woman he is accused of raping had followed him to a downstairs toilet and grabbed his penis.
The prosecution claims Kelly followed her upstairs and dragged her into a bedroom before raping her. Mr Davey said: “She made it clear she didn’t want to have sex with you didn’t she because she was shouting ‘no Craig, no Craig’ wasn’t she?”
“No,” he said.
Kelly, of The Clearings, denies murder, rape and assault.