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Teen told police 'blood' on shoe was barbecue sauce
A 16-YEAR-OLD boy accused of attempted murder told a police officer blood on his shoe was barbecue sauce, a court has heard.
The teen, along with a 17-year-old boy who cannot be named for legal reasons, and Michael Spencer, 22, of Lincoln Road, Erith, all deny attempted murder, wounding with intent, unlawful wounding and violent disorder.
The victim, Blessing Eyewu-Ago, was stabbed seven times, including to the side of the head, in an attack in Norman Road, Belvedere, on November 30 last year.
Woolwich Crown Court heard he was taken to hospital with a collapsed lung in a "life threatening" condition.
Jurors heard the 16-year-old give evidence today.
During cross-examination prosecutor Michael Hall asked him about what happened after the attack.
Mr Hall said: "The police officer stops you, you say you have been to the chicken shop. You have blood on your shoe, what do you say it is?"
The defendant replied: "Barbecue sauce."
Mr Hall said: "When he tells you he thinks it's blood, why did you try and wipe it off?"
The boy replied: "I don't recall trying to wipe it off."
The 16-year-old's defence lawyer Buki Dunbar questioned him about the attack.
Ms Dunbar said: "From the moment that you saw Mr Blessing Eyewu-Agu and Mr Spencer fighting, what was your intention?"
He said: "To prevent the fight verbally."
Ms Dunbar asked him: "Why did you want to do that?"
The defendant replied: "To my knowledge they were friends. I really don't know why they were fighting at that point."
The court heard that no knife had been recovered.
The trial continues.