Victim had 18 stab wounds

A DRUG dealer was discovered with 18 stab wounds all over his body, a court has heard.Peter Brown, 19, died after sustaining the multiple wounds on October 25, 2001, one of which severed his jugular vein.

A DRUG dealer was discovered with 18 stab wounds all over his body, a court has heard.

Peter Brown, 19, died after sustaining the multiple wounds on October 25, 2001, one of which severed his jugular vein.

It has been alleged that Paul Dwyer, who was a heroin addict and sold the Big Issue in Ipswich, stabbed Mr Brown to death in a flat in Parkwood, Henley Road, Ipswich.

Yesterday Elizabeth Marsh, prosecuting, told the jury in Dwyer's trial at Ipswich Crown Court that the injuries to Mr Brown had occurred on his head, arms, shoulders and hands.

She said they included a stab wound on the left side of his skull, going in and out of the skull, by his right eyebrow, a 6.5cm wound to his right cheek, a wound to his upper lip, his right nostril, in between his nostrils, his chin and his lower jaw.

She added there were also two 10cm deep stab wounds to the right side of his neck, two stab wounds in his left shoulder, a wound in his right wrist, his right hand, his left upper forearm and his left hand.

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Dwyer, 38, of no fixed address, has denied murdering Mr Brown.

He told police that he had been staying at the Parkwood flat with his girlfriend and claimed that Mr Brown had produced a knife when he visited the flat to sell drugs to him.

He said that he had been acting in self-defence during the incident.

The court has been told that Dwyer had stood trial for Mr Brown's murder in 2002 but there had been a problem with that trial which was not Dwyer's fault.

The trial continues.

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