A BASINGSTOKE man accused of causing grievous bodily harm (GBH) thrust a knife during an argument and stabbed his victim six times, a court was told.

Adam Christopher Philip is accused of wounding with intent to cause GBH and unlawfully and maliciously wounding Steven McMenamin during an incident in Brighton Hill Centre on March 21.

The 30-year-old also denies a charge of being in possession of a kitchen knife in a public place without lawful authority.

Mark Worsley, prosecuting, told Winchester Crown Court on Monday that the incident sprung from accusations that Mr Philip had been taking advantage of Mr McMenamin’s brother, Malcolm, who has learning disabilities following a car crash.

The court heard that the victim walked for close to two hours after drinking heavily to the defendant’s home at Brighton Hill Centre to talk about the matter.

In opening the prosecution’s case on the first day of the trial, Mr Worsley said Mr McMenamin arrived at the flat after 1am.

“He arrived and rang the buzzer, there was then a verbal exchange via the intercom. Mr McMenamin rang three or four more times on the buzzer. He told the defendant to stay away from Malcom or he would kill him,” Mr Worsley said.

“He rang a few more times and then the defendant appeared at the door. He was holding a knife.

“As soon as he [Mr Philip] leaves the building he is seen to punch or stab Mr McMenamin.”

The jury was shown CCTV capturing the altercation between the pair, which Mr Worsley says shows the victim did not fight back.

In total Mr McMenamin was stabbed six times, once in his arm and the others in his chest and abdomen.

Giving evidence Mr McMenamin said he had no intention of killing Mr Philip and it was “just a threat”.

Speaking about the attack, he said: “He [Mr Philip] walked down the stairs hastily with a knife in his hand.

“I didn’t really know about anything really I just kind froze. He looked really angry and annoyed.

“I started backing away. He came out the door. He said to me ‘you are nothing just a waste man’ then he started thrusting the knife towards me, five or six times, and stabbing me.

“I didn’t realise I was stabbed until I felt my jumper going red.”

The jury was told that Mr Philip’s friend came out of the building and restrained the defendant.

Mr Philip’s defence is that five of the stab wounds were caused by Mr McMenamin walking into the knife after he was restrained, while the first was an accident caused by the victim moving towards him.

No charges have been brought against Mr Philip for the accusations of taking advantage of Mr McMenamin’s brother.

The trial continues.