Daniel Frederick murder trial: Witness describes moment she tried to save dying dad-of-three in Shakspeare Walk
PUBLISHED: 10:12 27 July 2018 | UPDATED: 13:15 04 August 2018
A nurse has described the horrifying moment she tried to save dying father-of-three Daniel Frederick after he was stabbed yards from his Stoke Newington home.
Giving evidence from behind a screen at the Old Bailey, the witness described how she had been walking down Shakspeare Walk in Stoke Newington at 5.45pm on January 8 when she heard a “loud wailing noise”, which “made her feel unsafe”.
“I was petrified,” she told jurors. She then saw six people – all dressed in black.
“They had black balaclavas, and black hoodies with the hoods up, black tracksuit bottoms and trainers. They were wearing gloves,” she said.
“They weren’t running quickly, which was surprising knowing what’s happened. They were kind of skipping and looking back waiting for each other. I wanted to pretend I wasn’t really acknowledging them, if that makes sense.”
While she estimates two or three of them had knives, she “definitely” recalls one large silver carving knife.
A 16-year-old who cannot be named for legal reasons has already pleaded guilty to the attack on Mr Frederick.
Four of his “close friends” – another 16-year-old and two 17-year-olds, who can also not be named, and Kacper Karasinski, 18, of Mount Pleasant Lane – deny murder.
Once the gang passed, the witness saw Mr Frederick lying down outside Burns House, where another witness was calling 999.
With no one else around, the nurse tried to help the man neighbours later referred to as Daniel.
Removing his clothes, the witness found a large wound on his left buttock, “a lot of lacerations” to his legs and the fatal wound to his back – which had punctured his lung.
“He was still kind of talking, but his phone was ringing. He was eager to answer it so I swiped and answered it and I put the phone on loud speaker,” she said.
Neighbours came out to help but by the time an ambulance and police arrived Mr Daniel was convulsing.
The trial continues.