Max Maguire murder trial: Stab victim Luke Gray tells Winchester Crown Court jury of altercation with Draven and Garon Jewell
A STABBING victim told a jury of the moment he “lost all movement” in his leg when he and friend Max Maguire were allegedly attacked by two brothers outside Lymington’s Royal British Legion.
Luke Gray recalled noticing the pavement around him “glistening” with blood in the aftermath of the “surprise” attack by defendants Draven Jewell (21) and his brother Garon (19), Winchester Crown Court heard.
“My leg just completely stopped supporting me,” said Mr Gray (23). “In the middle of an altercation I know that putting myself on the floor was not the best option, so I was propping myself up on the wall.
“My right leg was not supporting anything, so I sort of slid my back down the wall; I recall sitting there and I noticed all the concrete around me was glistening like it was wet. I realised it might have been my blood.”
The co-defendants, of Flushards, Lymington, are on trial accused of murdering Max Maguire (23) just after midnight on 23rd October last year. They also deny the alternative charge of manslaughter.
It is said Draven plunged a 13cm curved knife into Max less than 20 minutes after meeting him for the first time in the RBL. After the incident Max stumbled back into the bar, where he collapsed. He never regained consciousness.
Draven denies the attempted murder of Luke, Garon has pleaded not guilty to two wounding charges against him, and the pair further deny committing grievous bodily harm against Georgia Hole.
The trial has heard how the defendants and Max had a “dispute” in the RBL garden, which may have involved a blue canister one of the brothers had found.
CCTV captured Max storming outside onto the High Street, with Luke following and attempting to calm him down before the pair decided to make their way back inside.
However, as they did so, the pair met the brothers, who had been ejected from the RBL for being abusive, coming the other way and an altercation took place.
Draven’s account is he acted in self-defence, while Garon claims he was the victim of violence and did not know his brother had a knife.
Prosecutor Adam Feest QC has told the jury Draven launched a “surprise” attack, stabbing Luke and Max.
When he went into the witness box on Wednesday, Luke explained he did not know what had caused Max, whom he described as his “best friend”, to become angry and leave the bar. He told the jury Max had not wanted any trouble.
Luke, who had taken cannabis and cocaine that night, told the jury he did not want the situation to escalate. He described how he put his left arm out to shield Max as they passed the brothers.
He conceded he may have made some contact with the defendants in doing that, and went on to say he was then struck by one of the brothers, although he was not sure which.
“I remember getting punched in the face,” he told the jury. “I was shocked for a few seconds, then I swung back with my arm to the same person that had hit me.”
Luke said he was spun round by the contact and did not see Max or what then happened to him. “He [the person who struck me] carried on punching me. I tried [to punch him back] and I also grabbed him with my right arm.
“I knew he was punching me and I needed to grab hold of something, and I grabbed hold of him,” he continued.
“Then I instantly lost all movement in my leg. Everything had just gone.”
The brothers fled before bar staff came outside; Luke said he had completed a first aid course just weeks before so told them to apply pressure to the wound before paramedics arrived.
Luke’s injuries caused him a two to three-week hospital stay and surgical intervention, the court heard.
Toxicology reports on Max’s body, Mr Feest said, found traces of cannabis and cocaine, although Luke said his friend had not taken the drug with him on the night in question.
The trial, due to last up to a month, continues.