A JURY at a Kidderminster murder trial has heard the defendant stabbed another man in self-defence after an alleged sexual proposition.

The trial of Nathan Calder, of Eddy Road, continued today (Wednesday, November 27) at Worcester Crown Court.

The 28-year-old is charged with the murder of Paul Lundy, who was stabbed three times with a kitchen knife at his flat at Maureen Aston Court, Broad Street, in May this year.

The court heard that the 48-year-old victim died from a stab wound to the neck, which cut two major arteries and “drew blood from his head.”

Court prosecutor Mr Jonas Hankin said: “As a result of these stab wounds, there would have been a significant quantity of blood loss, followed by collapse and death.”

A statement from Mr Calder to police, which was read out by Mr Hankin yesterday, claims that Mr Calder stabbed Mr Lundy in self-defence after he was “sexually propositioned and man-handled.”

The court heard today that Mr Calder said to police in an interview: “Mr Lundy was trying to get me down on the settee.”

“The knife was on the floor; I don’t know why it was there in the first place. I just lunged at him.”

The court heard that Mr Calder put the knife in a drawer and left the scene without trying to help Mr Lundy, whose phone was close by on a coffee table.

Mr Hankin said: “Given the nature of his wounds, Mr Lundy would have died quickly.”

The jury were shown computer generated images which showed other injuries Mr Lundy sustained as a result of sharp force trauma, as well as photographs of his body stained with blood.

The court heard that Mr Lundy sustained a “defensive injury” on his hand, known to happen when a victim is attempting to hold onto a blade.

A toxicology report indicated that Mr Lundy had over 250 millilitres of alcohol in his blood, three times over the drink drive limit, during autopsy.

Mr Hankin said: “There is no dispute that Mr Calder killed Mr Lundy.” He then told the jury to consider two questions.

He said: “First, did Mr Calder believe that it was necessary to use force to defend himself against Mr Lundy?

“The second question is this – was the amount of force that he used in order to defend himself reasonable or proportionate in the circumstances as he believed them to be?”

He added: “Only two men were in that room.

“It may be that Mr Lundy said or did something lewd or offensive to which this man took exception.

“The intensity and the violence of Mr Calder’s response – to stab him three times in the face and neck – was grossly disproportionate and unlawful.”

Mr Hankin noted that “the defendant doesn’t say Mr Lundy threatened him with a weapon” and Mr Calder received “no injuries whatsoever.”

He said: “Mr Lundy posed Mr Calder no threat at that time of having been stabbed.

“The defendant intended to kill Mr Lundy and he has no lawful justification for doing what he did.”

The trial continues.