Girl tells of her horror after seeing Danny Parekh stabbed in park
A TEENAGE girl has told of her shock after witnessing the stabbing of father-of-one Danny Parekh in a children's playground.
The girl, who cannot be named, described how Mr Parekh, 21, was attacked in the early hours in the playground in Oakleigh Street, Old Basford, on July 7 last year.
Giving evidence to a jury at Lincoln Crown Court via a pre-recorded video interview the girl, who was 14 at the time of the incident, said she witnessed a youth she identified as "Josh" stab Mr Parekh.
Joshua Davey, 20, is alleged to have murdered Mr Parekh after stabbing him 16 times. A teenage boy, who was then 15, is also accused of murder.
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The prosecution allege he wanted revenge on Mr Parekh after being humiliated in front of his friends by him just hours earlier.
The teenage girl, now 15, said she was at the park with a number of friends including Mr Parekh when the teenage boy facing the murder charge arrived.
She told the jury: "I saw him walk past the park with his hood up. That's when I saw the boy Josh come. He had a black bandana around his mouth and a hood up. You couldn't see his face at all.
"He got something out of his pocket. It was a knife. It was a Stanley blade. One of them things you cut carpet with.
"He dropped it but then picked it back up. He started slicing at Danny's arms and legs.
"Danny tried to back away and then he slipped and was on his back. He got stabbed on his bum three or four times. Then he got slit on his arm. He stabbed him all over his legs.
"Danny tried to get straight back up but fell down. Josh then ran back to the Eastcroft Estate.
"No one could do anything. Everyone was in shock.
"People started to come out of the houses. I ran straight to him and he was pouring with blood."
She told the jury the boy accused of murder then walked up and started laughing before leaving the scene with Josh.
"Danny was like 'I'm going to die'. I said to be strong for me and his son. He was all right until the ambulance came. Then I left him."
The girl said that earlier she had been out with friends into Nottingham city centre where they met a number of youths including the boy facing the murder charge.
She admitted she had drunk "loads" of alcohol including brandy and vodka that night.
Joshua Davey, who at the time was living in Deptford Crescent, Bulwell, and the 16 year old boy, both deny murder. The 16 year old, who cannot be identified, also denies encouraging or assisting an assault on Parekh and a further charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm to the teenage girl by kicking her in the face.
The trial continues.