Murder jury shown CCTV of stab attack on Sunderland dad George Dagg

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MURDER jurors have been shown harrowing video footage of the moment a dad-of-two suffered a fatal knife wound.

Jess Ryan is caught on camera plunging a kitchen knife into George “Geordie” Dagg’s leg after he turned his back during a row outside his home.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the wound severed a main artery and Mr Dagg, 53, who was a “well-known character” in his neighbourhood, died three days later in hospital.

The confrontation was captured on CCTV and shows Mr Dagg and his friend Anthony Taggart arguing with two hooded men, who had turned up at his home in Purley Road, Plains Farm, in Sunderland, armed with knives, in June.

It is claimed the brothers agreed “let’s do him” before the deadly blow.

Prosecutors claim Jess Ryan, 24, of Toronto Road, Thorney Close, inflicted the fatal knife wound and his brother Jack Ryan, 21, of nearby Toronto Square, was there as armed back-up.

Both men deny murder and are being tried by a jury.

Jess Ryan initially refused to name the second hooded figure captured on film with him at the murder scene that night, but later said his accomplice was a man named John Sumner – who has since died.

He told police he gave Mr Dagg a “little prick” with the knife to get his attention and said he was “really, really sorry” for what happened.

Jack Ryan, who had footage on his mobile phone of a police helicopter searching the area after the attack, denies being at the scene of the stabbing and claimed he was at home that night.

Prosecutor Nicholas Lumley, QC, told the court Mr Dagg had been having drinks at home with his friends, including Jess Ryan, who had been trying to impress the others by doing press-ups and was getting into arguments.

Before he left the house he “laid out” Mr Dagg with a single punch.

The court heard Ryan returned to the house a second time where there was a further confrontation, but no violence, between the two men.

Mr Lumley said Ryan recruited his brother for the third, fatal visit to Mr Dagg’s home. He added: “The two, who sit in the dock, returned to Geordie Dagg’s home and an argument resumed in the street, which Jess finished by stabbing Geordie Dagg in the leg as his back was turned.

“At that stage Geordie Dagg was an unarmed man, presenting no threat either to Jess Ryan or his brother, certainly none that required use of a lethal weapon such as a knife.

“He suffered catastrophic blood loss and never recovered.”

Footage of the attack showed both brothers had worn hooded tops as a “crude attempt to disguise themselves” and what happened drew attention to people in the street.

Mr Lumley said: “The Ryan brothers were both armed, each carried a kitchen knife, a lethal weapon down by their side or hidden up their sleeve, or somewhere in their clothing to begin with.

“Geordie stood his ground, no doubt giving both young men a piece of his mind, no doubt trying to frighten them both off.

“The Ryans drew their knives, took them out from wherever they had been, so it was obvious to the others in the street that their weapons were there and available for use.

“As they got closer, both men said to each other ‘come on, let’s do him’.”

The video shows a “stand off” between the alleged murderers with Mr Dagg and his friend Mr Taggart, and Jess Ryan starts to lash out with his weapon.

Mr Lumley added: “After a little while, George Dagg decided to turn, putting his back on these two men, perhaps to go to the safety of his home. We will never know what he was thinking.

“As he was turned away and his back is to them, Jess Ryan seized that opportunity, in a flash, and moved towards George Dagg to stab him, and he did so in the upper part of his leg.”

The court heard Mr Dagg managed to take a few steps towards his home before he slumped to the ground with massive blood loss.

He had emergency surgery at hospital, but later died.

l The trial continues.