A FALMOUTH man was left vomiting blood and clutching his stomach after being stabbed during a confrontation over another man’s girlfriend.
At Truro Crown Court on Monday, Paulo Veiga, 39, of Round Ring Gardens, Penryn, went on trial accused of the bloody knife attack on David Waterhouse, who suffered “significant” internal bleeding and had to be operated on to repair the damage.
Philip Lee, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said Mr Waterhouse had been out in Falmouth before inviting a number of people, including Veiga and his girlfriend Sharon Cahill, back to his home for drinks in the early hours of August 10 last year.
Mr Lee said Ms Cahill and another man, Daniel Norman, arrived at Mr Waterhouse’s flat on Killigrew Street first and Veiga arrived a short time later.
Mr Lee said: “He seemed to be disgruntled about the fact that his girlfriend was there in the flat with two men … Mr Waterhouse told him to calm down but unfortunately the tension between them continued.”
Mr Waterhouse described how he was left on his own with Veiga and the situation “totally went downhill”, and he asked him to leave.
He said: “I stepped out [of the house] behind him because I was waiting for Sharon and Dan to come out to get everyone to leave.
“Mr Veiga put his fist up and then he attacked me.”
Mr Waterhouse said he tried to defend himself but Veiga stabbed him in the stomach with a knife, which he then took from him and Veiga left.
Mr Norman described Mr Waterhouse vomiting blood while they waited for an ambulance to arrive and Mr Lee said a surgeon found a significant amount of internal bleeding.
Mr Lee said Veiga was arrested later that night and told police in interview that he had picked up the knife in the hallway of the flat and had acted in self-defence because he felt “threatened for his life”.
Mr Lee said: “[He said] I feel scared. This guy is coming towards me.
“I can see in his eyes he really wants to kick the s*** out of me.”
Ramsay Quaife, defending, questioned Mr Waterhouse about differences between his witness statement and the evidence he gave in court and said it was him who had been “spoiling for a fight”.
He said: “What happened that night is that you attacked Mr Veiga didn’t you?”
Mr Waterhouse denied this.
Opening the case to the jury, Mr Lee said: “You may feel that the defendant’s account that there just happened to be a knife to hand in the hallway of [the flat on] Killigrew Street just at the time this confrontation escalated, is hard to believe and would be a surprising coincidence.”
Veiga, who denies the charges, is accused of wounding Mr Waterhouse with intent to do him grievous bodily harm and an alternative charge of unlawful wounding.
The trial continues.