LiveAS IT HAPPENED - Stephan Hollow murder trial day four

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  • Fourth day of trial of William Smith, 28, of Pershore Road, Popley
  • Smith is accused of the murder of Stephan Hollow, 53, on August 19 last year
  • He is also accused of the wounding with intent of Mr Hollow's son Tyler


Tyler Hollow finishes giving evidence and the jury are told the next witness will be Megan Hards, starting tomorrow morning. 

That ends our coverage of the trial today.


Mr Hollow tells the court that a version of events he gave to a police officer, just after his father had been stabbed, was incorrect. The jury hears he had told the officer that Smith had stabbed him after he had stabbed Stephan Hollow.


Mr Wood adds that there was a struggle between the three of them and during that struggle, Tyler Hollow was injured and Stephan Hollow was fatally stabbed. Mr Hollow denies this.


Mr Wood says what happened that night was Tyler Hollow brought a knife to the argument. It was hidden in his hoodie. He says Stephan Hollow tried to force William Smith out of the garden and they fell to the floor. Tyler Hollow then jumped on top of them. Mr Hollow denies this.


Mr Wood suggests Mr Hollow had said to Smith, "I'm going to bust you up, I'm from London, I've got 20 brothers who will do you." Mr Hollow denies saying this.

The jury also hears that Tyler Hollow had a collection of throwing knives that he used to practice throwing in his bedroom.


Everyone is back from lunch and the trial resumes.


The judge rises for lunch.


Mr Wood says a meat cleaver was found in Tyler Hollow's wardrobe. He asks him why he had it there. Mr Hollow says: "It's because I'm a collector of knives and that goes with my collection."


The jurors also see a picture of an imitation gun Stephan Hollow kept in his house.


The jury hears that Stephan Hollow had received a four year sentence for possession of a firearm with intent. They are also shown pictures of knives found in the Hollow house in Blackdown Close, Buckskin. Tyler Hollow says it was normal to have knives in the house and in his bedroom. He says he used one knife stuck in wood by his window to help his father remodel the house, by cutting cables.


Mr Wood asks why Mr Hollow did not warn his father that Smith had a knife. He says, "It happened so quickly."

Mr Wood suggests when Smith came to the house, Mr Hollow tried to "play the big boy", and came outside armed with a claw hammer. Mr Hollow denies this.


Mr Wood says neighbours heard neighbours had heard a number of disturbances that evening, which Mr Hollow denies. But Mr Hollow does tell the jury he took "a couple of lines" of cocaine that evening and smoked cannabis.


Mr Wood asks Mr Hollow if he likes knives. Mr Hollow says he does. The jury hears Mr Hollow had a lot of knives in his bedroom.


The trial resumes with Michael Wood, defending, cross-examining. The jury are shown footage from a police officer's body-worn video, taken after Stephan Hollow received his injuries.


The judge, Mr Justice Burton, rises for a break.


Mr Hollow says he was taken by police car to Basingstoke hospital, where he received six stitches and one butterfly stitch for the cut on his face.


Mr Hollow says he ran after Smith for 20 to 40 yards, before turning back to his father. By this time, Miss Hards had gone through the back gate, and was on her knees holding Stephan Hollow. An ambulance was called. Police officers later came to the scene, the court hears.


Mr Hollow tells the jury that before he entered the house, he could see Stephan Hollow trying to push Smith out of the garden. He says when he went back into the garden, and through the back gate, he saw his father falling towards Smith.

He says his father fell on to Smith, falling down his side and on to the floor. Smith, he says, spun around walked away for around 20 to 40 yards, before running off.


Mr Hollow says Smith suddenly became irate and stabbed him in the face with a kitchen knife. He says Smith's arm came from behind him, swung around, and the knife struck Mr Hollow in the face.

He says he panicked and turned around to go back into his house. He says he passed his father, wearing only a pair of jeans shorts, coming out of the house.

Mr Hollow says he looked for a towel for his face but couldn't find one, and so pressed his hoodie against his face, and went back outside.


The jury hears Mr Hollow and Miss Hards went to the back garden. Mr Hollow says he could Smith standing outside the back gate.

He says Smith then opened the back gate and entered the garden, and spoke to Miss Hards about their children.



Mr Hollow says Smith called Megan Hards sometime after 3am to say he was outside the house in Buckskin, wanting to talk about his children.


Mr Hollow tells the jury that evening he received a Facebook message from William Smith, asking if they could meet up. Mr Hollow says he did not reply, as Smith wanted to talk to him about the children Smith had with Miss Hards. Mr Hollow says it wasn't his business.


Mr Hollow says on Sunday, August 18, he was at home in Blackdown Close with two friends, his father and his father's partner, Sadie Maggs, drinking beer. He tells the jury Miss Hards came to the house around 11pm, and his two friends later left.

He says when he went to bed, Miss Hards was sending messages to William Smith. He contacted her first, he says.

Mr Hollow says he was not sure what they were messaging each other about, as it was not his business, but she seemed 'a little annoyed'.


Answering questions from prosecutor William Mousley, Mr Hollow says he was in a relationship with Smith's ex-girlfriend Megan Hards for a couple of weeks before his father died. He says neither he nor his father had met William Smith.


Hello and welcome to the fourth day of the trial of William Smith, 28, the man accused of murdering Stephan Hollow.

The jurors have taken their seats in court two of Winchester Crown Court. The first witness today is Mr Hollow's son, Tyler.

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