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Man accused of murdering child killer, 54 'tried not to look as victim was stabbed'.

Byline: philip dewey Reporter philip.dewey@walesonline.co.uk

AN ALLEGED murderer has flatly denied fatally stabbing a child killer who died in his flat. David Osborne, 51, along with Ieuan Harley, 23, are accused of murdering David Gaut, 54, at his flat in New Tredegar on August 2 last year.

It is suggested the defendants carried out a brutal attack on Mr Gaut and stabbed him more than 170 times after finding out he had served a 32-year prison sentenced for killing 15-monthold Chi Meng Shek in 1985.

Mr Gaut was found in his flat in Long Row, Elliot's Town, with catastrophic wounds - having been moved from Osborne's flat next door.

Osborne, of Long Row, and Harley, of no fixed abode, deny murder.

A third defendant Darran Evesham, 47, was found not guilty of murder at Newport Crown Court on Wednesday due to a lack of evidence but still faces a charge of perverting the course of justice, a charge which Osborne accepts but Harley denies.

On Friday the trial heard evidence from Osborne, who was being crossexamined by prosecutor Ben Douglas-Jones QC.

The defendant said on the night of Mr Gaut's murder, he and Harley and Mr Gaut were at his flat when he went out to the kitchen.

When in the kitchen he heard Harley and Mr Gaut arguing before hearing screams and cries for help.

He said he did not immediately go to the living room to see what was going on because he was "frightened" of Harley.

Osborne told the court when he came back into the living room, Harley was stood over Mr Gaut's body with a knife in his hand.

Mr Douglas-Jones said: "The prosecution say that Mr Gaut was stabbed in 22 different areas of his body while he was still alive and the prosecution say that he was stabbed in two further areas after he died.

"One of the areas of injury after death was caused by a screwdriver.

"Was that your screwdriver?" Osborne said it was.

Mr Douglas-Jones continued: "Did you see David hold up his hands to protect him from the knife? "Did you see David being stabbed around the eyes? "Did you see the holes in his neck and and his stomach being created?" Osborne replied: "I know there was lots of blood coming from his chest as (Harley) was prodding down. I tried not to look."

Osborne told the court that after Mr Gaut was dead, Harley tried to remove his little finger and removed his finger nails.

Mr Douglas-Jones then asked Osborne if he was jointly responsible for killing Mr Gaut along with Harley, but the defendant denied this.

The prosecutor said: "The prosecution's case is that you weren't frightened by Harley.

"The prosecution's case was that you and Mr Harley are both responsible for killing Mr Gaut."

Osborne said: "No that's wrong." Mr Douglas-Jones continued: "Did you get him over your flat, did you hold him down when Harley stabbed him and did you stab him?" Osborne said:"No."

The trial continues.

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