Murder accused high on drink and drugs

A SUFFOLK man accused of stabbing his love rival to death had taken a cocktail of drink and drugs just hours before the alleged incident. Ipswich Crown Court today heard that Keiran Botterill, who denies murdering 21-year-old Zak Brown, had drunk more than half a bottle of spirit and consumed cannabis and heroin the evening before the alleged attack which happened on September 10 last year.

A SUFFOLK man accused of stabbing his love rival to death had taken a cocktail of drink and drugs just hours before the alleged incident.

Ipswich Crown Court today heard that Keiran Botterill, who denies murdering 21-year-old Zak Brown, had drunk more than half a bottle of spirit and consumed cannabis and heroin the evening before the alleged attack which happened on September 10 last year.

It has been alleged that Botterill held a knife to the throat of his former girlfriend Heidi Stevens at her home in Trinity Walk, Stowupland, and then stabbed Mr Brown once through the heart.

The court had heard that Botterill became upset when Miss Stevens started seeing Mr Brown. Miss Stevens and Botterill had had an on off relationship and at the beginning of September last year, she had asked Botterill to move out of her flat after she began seeing Mr Brown.

In a medical examination following his arrest it was found that he had taken drugs and drink prior to the alleged assault.

Prosecutor, Patricia Lynch, read out a statement in court, in which Botterill admitted he was a heroin addict but said he was on methadone as a replacement. He had also taken a variety of non-prescriptive drugs on September 8 and September 9 which included three lines of heroin, crack-cocaine and cannabis. On the evening of September 9 he had also drunk three quarters of a bottle of Ouzo a court heard.

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Jurors also heard that when Botterill was arrested on suspicion of murder police say his knees buckled and he collapsed. PC Gene Butler described how Botterill began hyperventilating and had to be given oxygen to help him breathe.

PC Butler said: “He was crying and hyperventilating. I gave him oxygen to assist his breathing. He was rambling incoherently.”

When he was put in the police van the defendant made a number of comments that were noted including “I will get life” and “When I get to prison I am going to kill myself”.

The trial continues.