Murder suspect 'attacked with dog chain' before stabbing man to death and slashing ex

Liam Humphreys, 28, who was stabbed to death in Hillaby Close, Toxteth, on December 10
-Credit: (Image: Merseyide Police)


A murder suspect has claimed that he was "attacked with a dog chain" before he stabbed a man to death, knifed another in the stomach and slashed his ex-girlfriend in the face.

Ian Scott plunged the weapon into Liam Humphreys' heart before leaving him bleeding and fatally wounded in the stairwell of a block of flats on Hillaby Close in Toxteth. He was said to have been "angry, threatening and determined to fight" with the 28-year-old, the deceased's friend Tamas Jonas and his former partner Rebecca Scott - with whom he was "quarrelling" following their breakup and had "bickered" with over a £5 debt and a vacuum cleaner - at the time of the incident.

The 38-year-old then cycled away from the scene, still clutching the knife, before "disguising himself" in workmen's clothing and sparking a police "manhunt". Scott is currently on trial at Liverpool Crown Court accused of Mr Humphreys' murder but claims to have acted in self defence, having allegedly been subjected to an "unprovoked attack".

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He began to give evidence from the witness box this afternoon, Tuesday. Under questioning from his counsel Nigel Power KC, he told the jury that he had first met Ms Scott around eight months previously after moving into the apartment complex where she was already living.

However, on the day before the incident, they had exchanged a series of "petty and childish" messages. Scott was captured on CCTV leaving his flat twice in the hours leading up to the altercation, and said of the first occasion shortly before 11.30am: "I was leaving the flat to go to the shop.

"That's when I seen Becca. When I came out, she was in the garden on the phone with her dog.

"As I went past and seen Rebecca, I went up to ask about the hoover. As I approached Becca to ask her, that's when she started getting abusive - she was telling me to f*** off and calling me a freak."

When Mr Power asked whether he had "met like with like", Scott replied: "Yes. Just a little bit

"Just being petty and arguing for a little bit. She threatened to hit me with a cup."

The defence silk continued: "Did you spit at her?"

Scott responded: "Not once."

Mr Power: "Did you make any physical threats?"

Scott: "Not once."

Mr Power: "Did you threaten to bring any of your family down?"

Scott: "Not once."

Scott denies Mr Humphreys' murder, attempting to murder Mr Jonas and wounding with intent against both him and Ms Scott. The trial, before Mr Justice Freedman, continues.

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