TRAGIC George Dagg told one of his killers to “sort it out in the morning” shortly before he was stabbed to death, jurors have heard.
A neighbour who lived close to the murder scene said he heard Jess Ryan making threats to the 53-year-old father-of-two in the build-up to the killing.
He told Newcastle Crown Court he heard Ryan saying “I’m going to sort this out once and for all” and “I’m coming back to turn the house over”.
The eyewitness said Ryan kept leaving and coming back to the area of Mr Dagg’s home, at Purley Road, Plains Farm, Sunderland, and had been asking for a “one on one”.
He told jurors: “George said ‘you are a waste of space’ and ‘sort it out in the morning’.”
Prosecutors claim Jess Ryan, 24, of Toronto Road, Sunderland, inflicted the fatal wound to Mr Dagg’s leg, which severed a main artery.
They say he had taken his brother Jack Ryan, 21, of nearby Toronto Square, with him as armed back up to the attack in June.
Both men deny murder.
* The trial continues.