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Carlisle man accused of intentionally stabbing his brother goes on trial

Carlisle Crown Court

A CARLISLE man accused of intentionally stabbing his brother to the face and neck with a “formidable” blade during a row has gone on trial.

A jury at the city’s crown court was told today (MON) how 41-year-old Lee Robert Kidd initially squabbled at his Coney Street home with sibling, Callum, on October 23 last year. That argument continued as family members walked to a shop, Lee coming home first before Callum returned with alcohol.

It then “intensified” in the kitchen where Callum is said to have gone towards the furthest point away from his brother. Opening the case, prosecutor Jon Close alleged: “Callum says that Lee came towards him shouting, and so the complainant raised his hands and covered his face.

“He never saw the blade. The first he felt was a thud to the back of his neck, and then another, and then he saw blood and he knew he had been stabbed as Lisa, the defendant’s wife, jumped between the two brothers.”

Mrs Kidd, who also gave Callum first aid, had described him “stood in his brother’s face, gesticulating” towards her husband, who had pushed him away and was then punched by Callum before he took hold of a 20cm knife that Mr Close described as “a formidable weapon”.

Callum sustained deep wounds to the back of his neck, right side of his neck and face, was taken to hospital and underwent surgery.

Lee Kidd denies wounding with intent, and an alternative, lesser charge of wounding. Mr Close alleged that Kidd’s acts had been “grossly disproportionate”.

But the prosecutor told the jury: “The defendant denies the offence. He says he was acting in self-defence; that there was no intent. That will be a matter for you.”

The trial continues.

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