A stabbing victim died after he called 999 and was put on hold.
Paul Millea, a 36-year-old dad-of-two, was stabbed in the chest – but when he called the emergency services, he was made to listen to a pre-recorded message because of a high volume of calls.
Paramedics arrived after 40 minutes, but Millea died in hospital less than two hours later.
Phillip Daniels, 26, is now standing trial accused of murdering Millea at around 11pm on June 17 this year.
Prosecutors told Liverpool Crown Court that Daniels stabbed Millea with a knife because he thought he was having an affair with his pregnant girlfriend. Daniels admits stabbing Millea, but claims he used a pair of scissors and that he acted in self-defence.
Nigel Power QC, prosecuting, told the court that Millea had called 999 at 11.10pm and told the operator ‘I’ve been stabbed in the chest… he stabbed me for nothing… I’m going to die’.
‘The operator says “hold the line”, and then Mr Millea says “he stabbed me like a nutter, I’m dying”,’ Power said. ‘We only hear, sadly, a recorded voice saying that the call was in a queue because there were a high number of calls.
‘Mr Millea obviously knew that he was dying because he said “I’m dying, I’m going to die, can’t I stay here? I’m dying”.’
Paramedics and police arrived on the scene on Shrewsbury Road – outside Daniels’ girlfriend’s house – at 11.50pm. They rushed Millea to hospital, where he died just before 1.30am.
The blade had passed through his right lung, entered the heart sac and penetrated a major vein.
Power told the court that Daniels was ‘visibly distressed’ when he arrived at his mum Janet Lester’s house in Stockbridge Village at 1.30am.
He said: ‘He was shaking, crying and repeatedly saying that he was sorry. He said that he thought [his girlfriend] Kayleigh was having an affair with someone, and that when that man knocked on the door he stabbed him. He asked her to wash his clothes, but his mother wisely declined.’
However, Daniels’ sister Kimberley arrived the next morning and took Daniels to a barbers, also taking away his clothes from the night before.
Power said Daniels had his ‘very distinctive hair… shaved off’ and asked why he did this, other than ‘not wanting to be apprehended for murder’.
Kimberley was arrested by police and refused to say where her brother was. However, she later pleaded guilty to the offence of assisting an offender and helping them dispose of evidence.
She claimed Daniels called her and said ‘I think I’ve killed somebody’, then told her he had stabbed a man he thought was seeing his girlfriend.
While giving a statement to the police, Ms Lester received a phone call from her son and told him to come home. He did so and was arrested.
Power told the court: ‘No weapon has been recovered. She asked what happened to the knife, he said that he wiped it and stashed it a few streets away, though he didn’t say where he got it from.’
Daniels denies murder and manslaughter.
The trial continues.