Murder accused said he lost control

A SUFFOLK car valeter accused of murdering his flatmate has described how his 21-year-old victim begged him to stop during the stabbing attack.Kwabena Asumadu told a jury at Ipswich Crown Court that he had lost control and didn't know what he was doing when he stabbed Prince Kofi Koomson 13 times with a kitchen knife.

A SUFFOLK car valeter accused of murdering his flatmate has described how his 21-year-old victim begged him to stop during the stabbing attack.

Kwabena Asumadu told a jury at Ipswich Crown Court that he had lost control and didn't know what he was doing when he stabbed Prince Kofi Koomson 13 times with a kitchen knife.

He said he had only stopped when Mr Koomson said: “I'm begging you.”

Asumadu said he only realised how many times he had stabbed Mr Koomson after all the injuries were detailed in a doctor's report.


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Asked by his barrister Michael Corkery QC if he had any idea what he was doing at the time of the attack Asumadu replied: “No”.I was absolutely disturbed. I lost control. I lost my mind. I lost everything.”

He said that prior to the attack on Mr Koomson in the early hours of Christmas Eve last year he had never been violent towards anyone before.

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Asumadu, 28, who was sharing a house in St John's Place, Bury St Edmunds, with Mr Koomson and another friend, has denied murdering Mr Koomson.

However, giving evidence yesterday on the third day of his trial he said that he had indicated at an earlier court hearing that he would admit manslaughter.

The court has heard that in the weeks before Mr Koomson's death, Asumadu had become increasingly resentful towards him because he was earning more money than him at the car valeting business where they worked in Bury St Edmunds.

On the night of the stabbing, the pair had rowed when Mr Koomson had become annoyed when Asumadu refused to turn down music he was listening and dancing to in a downstairs room.

Asamadu claims Mr Koomson had insulted him by saying he was bewitched and also kicked him in the face.

It was after this Asamadu picked up a kitchen knife and went back upstairs and stabbed Mr Koomson.

He said that after the attack he had left the house and had thrown away the knife.

The trial continues today.

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