Date: 19 Jan 2022
Troy Harkness was found stabbed in Abbey Road, Basingstoke on 19 January 2022.
He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. He had been stabbed in the chest and suffered from catastrophic blood loss. He had been stabbed twice, once in the heart.
A 23-year-old man was tried for his murder but acquitted.
At the trial the man said that he didn't believe that he had stabbed anyone.
It was heard that no one saw the man take out a knife and no one saw him stab Troy Harkness.
The prosecution claimed that the man had gone to Melrose Walk armed with the knife after Troy Harkness had taken his drugs and bike.
The defence stated that although the man had had a knife with him at the time, when he had taken it out he had only held it at his side to defend himself and scare Troy Harkness away. It was further heard that when the man was arrested and the police seized the knife that he had been holding, that none of Troy Harkness's DNA or blood was found on it. However, it was heard that some of Troy Harkness's DNA was found on one of the man's gloves.
The defence said:
The defence added:
The pathologist that carried out the post mortem stated that the injuries to Troy Harkness could have been caused with 'mild to moderate force', and the defence asked, 'Could the man have stabbed Troy Harkness without realising it? Is that why he is so convinced he did not stab him?'.
When the man was arrested, he said:
However, during his interview, when asked whether he stabbed Troy Harkness, the man replied, 'No comment'.
At the trial the defence submitted that the man might have stabbed Troy Harkness in self-defence after being threatened by him, noting that during the row Troy Harkness had threatened to 'chef him up', and had held up his jacket and showed the handle of what the man believed to be a knife.
The defence added:
The man was tried at Winchester Crown Court in August 2022 but found not guilty.