Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Robert Cerqua shown film of medics' fight to save twin

Robert Cerqua (left) and his identical twin Christopher Image copyright Solent news agency
Image caption The prosecution said Robert Cerqua (left) was not acting in self-defence when he stabbed his brother Christopher

A Hampshire man accused of murdering his twin brother left the dock in tears after seeing a video of paramedics battling to save his life.

The video was recorded on a Hampshire PC's body-camera in the kitchen of the house in Hythe where Christopher Cerqua was stabbed.

Robert Cerqua, 31, denies murdering his brother in a drunken argument on New Year's Eve in 2013.

The court heard he told police he acted in self-defence.

Winchester Crown Court heard that Mr Cerqua had never seen the video until it was played to the jury.

Jurors were told, on the evening of the stabbing, Mr Cerqua and his brother had been drinking and an argument turned into a fight.

'Bent blade'

Christopher died from a single stab wound despite efforts by paramedics and hospital staff to save him.

Earlier in the trial, Nicholas Haggan QC, prosecuting, told the court Mr Cerqua had picked up a kitchen knife and used it to stab his brother.

He said Mr Cerqua then fled - not even stopping to put on his shoes but was arrested later.

The prosecution told the court that in interview with police, Mr Cerqua claimed he was being threatened with a knife.

A knife with a bent blade and broken handle was found in the kitchen sink and that was the murder weapon, said the prosecution.

The brothers' parents Peter and Denise were in the house at the time. The jury was played a recording of Mrs Cerqua's 999 call.

At first she asked for police because the brothers were fighting but then said: "Can you get an ambulance as well. He's been stabbed."

The trial is expected to last two weeks.

Image caption Christopher Cerqua was found in his home with serious injuries

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