Mark Hayes denies knife murder of brother Sean

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A man accused of stabbing his younger brother to death after the funeral of a third brother has told a court he carried the knife for self-protection.

Mark Hayes, 53, denies murdering 48-year-old Sean Hayes just hours they had held separate wakes for their other brother, Tommy.

Sean Hayes was stabbed with a carving knife in Eltham, south London, in April, the Old Bailey jury was told.

The court heard CCTV footage showed Mark Hayes carrying the knife.

Family 'fracas'

The jury was told there had been "friction between members of the Hayes family and their extended families that led to violence between them".

A "fracas" later broke out between members of the family outside his south London home.

When asked why he went outside his south London home carrying the knife, he said it was on the "spur of the moment".

"What had happened that day and that night - I didn't know what was going on," he told the court.

Peter Wright QC, prosecuting, said: "Some members of the family and their extended families had taken opposing sides in this dispute."

After Sean Hayes had fallen to the ground against a scaffolding lorry, he was fatally stabbed in the chest.

Emergency services were called to scene in the early hours of 27 April but were unable to save him.

The trial continues.

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