Ricky Hayden killing: Teenager ‘pulled out knife after seeing baseball bat’, court hears
PUBLISHED: 14:30 06 July 2017 | UPDATED: 14:30 06 July 2017
A teenager accused of being part of a machete attack which left a doorman dead told jurors he only got out his knife because a baseball bat was being swung.
The Old Bailey heard how Ricky Hayden, 27, was allegedly murdered by Tommy Roome and Tarrell Hinds outside his home in Gibbfield Close, Chadwell Heath, after he ran outside believing they were about to snatch his brother’s scooter.
Jurors were told former celebrity bodyguard Ricky, his brother Perry, 21, and dad Paul 55, confronted the youths, who were on a moped and wielding a machete, with both Paul and Ricky sustaining injuries – the latter fatally.
The court heard the defendants had gone to Gibbfield Close on Tuesday, September 13 to look for two other brothers, Carter and Latham Jordan, with whom Roome was involved in an ongoing dispute.
Giving evidence, Roome, 19, told jurors they stopped because they thought they saw one of the Jordans’ cars.
Hinds jumped off the back of the moped just as he spotted three men running down the road, he said.
When he saw Paul had a baseball bat, Roome said he put his hand on the handle of his knife.
He told jurors: “They got closer to me. He was trying to hit me. I pulled the knife out of the case. I got hit.
“It was a stand off and that was it.”
Roome told jurors he was not aware he had hit Paul with the knife and the only reason he got it out was because the older man was “swinging a baseball bat”.
He insisted he never intended to try to kill Paul or do him really serious harm.
Roome said he could not restart the moped so he took a pedal bike, which one of his friends had been riding, and left.
Afterwards, he said he stashed the knife in a bin shed and disposed of the bikes and a bloodied jumper he was wearing.
Roome, of Rams Grove, Chadwell Heath, and Hinds, of Manford Cross, Hainault, deny the murder of Ricky Hayden, the attempted murder of Paul Hayden and an alternative charge of wounding with intent.
The trial continues.