A refugee who had cut a man's throat in a bar and flown out of the country the next day in a private jet said his victim was "ready to go" and ready to attack, as the Old Bailey jury heard today.
31-year-old Shane O & # 39; Brien is said to have slashed Josh Hanson's throat in October 2015 at the RE Bar in Hillingdon, West London, during an "act of merciless ferocity".
Mr. Hanson from Kingsbury in northwestern London died of his wounds at the scene.
O & # 39; Brien fled to Kent in a black VW Golf and spent the night in a holiday park in Camber Sands, East Sussex before flying to the Netherlands the next day.
Shane O & # 39; Brien brought a knife to the RE bar in Hillingdon in northwestern London on October 11, 2015, when he used it to kill Joshua Hanson (21) (right), a court heard today
Pictured: Joshua Hanson, 21
He was eventually extradited from Romania to the UK to stand trial in March this year.
O & # 39; Brien told old Bailey that he had spent the evening of October 11, 2015 with friends, drinking and watching England at the Rugby World Cup against Uruguay.
After watching the game, the group traveled to the RE bar, where O & # 39; Brien claimed that Mr Hanson threatened him immediately.
“Josh, in particular, was the most outstanding. From start to finish, we all agreed in our crowd that it was hostile, ”said O & # 39; Brien.
“Everything was gone from Josh, Josh was the guy you know. He was the instigator of the whole thing. I would describe how they made us feel, they were discretely aggressive so that only we and they would know what was going on.
& # 39; From his attitude, I would describe him as rare, I felt that he was ready to attack me. It was getting worse and worse. It just seemed like something was going to happen, ”he added.
Prosecutor Mark Heywood asked QC on Tuesday: "Did you see Mr. Hanson with a gun at the time?"
Mr. Hanson's sister Brooke (left) and mother Tracey (right) are pictured in front of the Old Bailey
O & # 39; Brien replied, "I obviously didn't see him with a gun. Maybe he could have had a gun, and I had seen him go past something shiny.
"When I approached him I felt threatened and maybe he could have had a gun."
CCTV images played in court showed the moment when Mr. Hanson arrived at the bar around 12:45 on Sunday, October 11th. The footage also showed the two overtaking each other a few minutes later.
O & # 39; Brien said they were unaware at the time, but after he and his three friends sat down, it became clear that they were not happy that we were sitting at this table and that the situation was hostile seemed. .
O & # 39; Brien is pictured in another mug shot
The jury saw a video showing the moment O & # 39; Brien slit the council worker in front of his girlfriend shortly after 1 a.m. after the bar lights were turned on after work and a 37 cm wound from his left ear to his right breast causes.
As footage about three minutes before the attack, Mr. Heywood asks: “Isn't there hostility? Where was the hostility at that time? & # 39;
O & # 39; Brien said: & # 39; This bar is very small. Only body language can create an atmosphere. & # 39;
Mr. Heywood said, "If you look for it, Mr. O & # 39; Brien."
O & # 39; Brien told how the lights came on at the end of the evening to signal that it was time for people to go home.
In that split second, I decided to contact Josh. At that moment I was very scared, it felt like anything could happen. I said something to him, I can't remember the exact words, but they matched what was his problem.
& # 39; I said: & # 39; | Leave me alone, let me out. & # 39; Basically say leave me alone. I would say his expression was grinning, it was more of a grinning, sarcastic response. He still kept the persona.
"The moment I got up, I had no plan to do anything. I just approached him to somehow keep him on his trail."
O & # 39; Brien told how he took out a Stanley knife he had bought that day to open cardboard boxes, claiming he was just trying to scare Mr. Hanson with it.
"I approached him, in that split second it felt like it was frozen, this moment froze for a second when I did this action. I didn't want to connect in any way, I wanted to scare him off.
The jury has heard that O & # 39; Brien accepts that he used the blade to cause Mr. Hanson's death, but says he is not "criminal" because he did not want to kill him.
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