A DAD was stabbed to death on Fathers’ Day in a doorstep attack after a family row, a court heard.
Nicolas Warrender thrust a steak knife into “unarmed and unsuspecting” Kevin Gaunt’s heart during the confrontation in June, a jury heard on the opening day of a murder trial at Newcastle Crown Court yesterday.
Mr Gaunt staggered into his kitchen and collapsed in a pool of blood on the floor, as his distraught wife Carole begged “don’t leave me, please don’t leave me”.
The 52-year-old died as a result of the single stab wound.
Warrender, 23, of Avenue Vivian, Fence Houses, denies murder.
Prosecutor Robert Woodcock told the court Warrender’s girlfriend Hannah Gaunt, 20, was the step-daughter of the victim.
On the night of the killing, the couple had been out drinking while Mr Gaunt and his wife looked after Hannah’s little girl at their home next door.
After the night out a row erupted and Hannah was ordered out of her mother and step-father’s home.
She went back to her own house and Mr and Mrs Gaunt locked their door for the night.
However, moments later Warrender turned up to confront his girlfriend’s step-father.
Mr Woodcock said: “There clearly was some kind of scuffle between them.
“The result of it was that Kevin Gaunt was fatally wounded with one stab wound to the chest.
“The wound, say the prosecution, was caused by the defendant Nicolas Warrender, in his misguided belief that Hannah had been assaulted by Kevin Gaunt.
“Before he went around to have it out with Kevin Gaunt he had armed himself with a knife, a steak knife from a block in Hannah’s kitchen, a weapon, say the prosecution, which he had concealed, of which, say the prosecution, Kevin Gaunt almost certainly never had sight of at all.”
Mrs Gaunt sobbed as she told jurors she had not witnessed the actual stabbing, but was heading towards her front door when she heard there was trouble.
She told the court her husband had said “he’s stabbed me,” as he came back into the house.
Warrender told detectives he had the knife in his hand during the confrontation because he had been using it to eat an apple.
He said Mr Gaunt had hit him in the face during the row at the front door and may have pushed him away using the hand that was holding the knife, unaware he had inflicted the fatal wound.