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Draven Jewell, accused of murdering Max Maguire in Lymington, acted in self-defence, jury hears

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A MAN accused of stabbing to death Max Maguire in Lymington insisted to police that he acted in self-defence when his brother was attacked, a jury was told.

Winchester Crown Court heard how Draven Jewell (21) admitted he had a Huusk knife on him on 22nd October last year.

The prosecution said it was plunged into Max just after midnight in the alleyway outside the town’s Royal British Legion.

Max Maguire was stabbed to death
Max Maguire was stabbed to death

Max stumbled back into the RBL bar, where he collapsed and he never regained consciousness.

Prosecutor Adam Feest QC has told the jury Max suffered a stab wound that punctured a major artery and caused “catastrophic” blood loss.

At the conclusion of the prosecution case today (Wednesday), Mr Feest said Draven had been interviewed by police a number of times.

The accused denies murdering Max, the attempted murder of Luke Gray, and committing grievous bodily harm against Georgia Hole.

Draven had given no-comment answers throughout those interviews, but after the final one his solicitors emailed police and said their client wanted to give a pre-prepared statement.

In it Draven acknowledged he was at the RBL on the night in question and had a knife on him because “it was dark and I had it for protection”.

He said an “argument had broken out inside the RBL” and when he and his brother Garon (19) left the premises and walked down the alleyway to the High Street “Garon got attacked”.

Draven Jewell was giving evidence at Winchester Crown Court
Draven Jewell was giving evidence at Winchester Crown Court

“He was on the ground with two guys beating him,” Draven claimed. “I was afraid they were going to kill him.

“It all happened so quickly. I felt if I did not intervene they would kill him.”

He said he believed one of the attackers may have been armed with a knife.

“I felt I had to protect my brother. So I grabbed a knife and went to protect my brother," he said. "I used the knife to frighten them away.”

He went on to claim one of the men left but the other “went on punching my brother”.

Draven added: “I could see blood pouring from his head and he [the attacker] would not stop, so therefore I used the knife I had in my my hand.

“At all points I was acting in defence of my brother and myself.”

His brother Garon (19) has been cleared after the judge directed the jury earlier this week to find him not guilty of murder and an alternative manslaughter charge, as well as wounding Mr Gray and grievous bodily harm against Ms Hole

The trial continues.

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