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Murder accused 'can't remember stabbing Croydon teen Fico Dougan'

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THE teenager accused of murdering student Fico Dougan has told a court he cannot remember stabbing the seventeen-year-old but had wanted to "scare" him. The 16-year-old told jurors today he had not realised something had happened to Mr Dougan until he saw blood on the knife, adding: "I just remember getting dragged." The defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told the Old Bailey he picked up a knife after being told Mr Dougan had "touched up" a relative, which made him "sad and angry". The court has heard how he then walked into the living room and fatally stabbed Mr Dougan on the sofa, on September 25 last year. Denying murder at the Old Bailey, the defendant is arguing diminished responsibility on the grounds that he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Giving evidence at day three of his trial today, the defendant said: "I wanted to scare Fico. I picked up the knife because I wanted to scare Fico because [a witness] told me that he forced himself on her." Mr Dougan repeatedly said he "was not thinking at the time" moments later when he went into the living room. He said he "did not remember" what happened, but recalled making a stabbing motion towards Mr Dougan, as if to threaten him. He added: "I was not hoping to stab him or kill him." Popular Archbishop Tenison's student Mr Dougan died at the scene from a stab wound to the heart. He and the defendant were at the house in Ockley Road, Broad Green, at the time visiting friends. The defendant had smoked cannabis earlier that morning and drank a small bottle of vodka the night before, the court heard. The defendant said he had not met Mr Dougan before, despite witnesses yesterday saying the pair had met but did not know each other well. He also contradicted a witness who said she had heard him say earlier that day that rap music made him "want to stab somebody". He told the court he had in fact said that rap music made him feel "lively". The 16-year-old added he felt "remorseful" over the incident and sad for Mr Dougan and his family. He told the court how the unexpected death of his close older half-brother a few weeks earlier had left him suffering flashbacks and sleeplessness. He had also started drinking heavily "to escape reality." The trial continues.

Murder accused 'can't remember stabbing Croydon teen Fico Dougan'


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