Dad's street death: Man faces court
PUBLISHED: 11:30 15 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:48 25 August 2010
A MAN accused of stabbing a father-of-two to death in an unprovoked attack has a history of violence, a court heard. Michael Bowden, 28, of Marden Square, Bermondsey, is said to have murdered Paul Martin in an outburst of anger after failing to get thro
A MAN accused of stabbing a father-of-two to death in an unprovoked attack has a history of violence, a court heard.
Michael Bowden, 28, of Marden Square, Bermondsey, is said to have murdered Paul Martin in an outburst of anger after failing to get through to his girlfriend on the phone.
The victim, a complete stranger to the accused, had been waiting for a lift home to Blackheath with his girlfriend and two friends after a night out in Greenwich.
He bled to death after being knifed in the neck and back in the early hours of March 29 last year.
The jury at the Old Bailey heard on Tuesday that Bowden was convicted of violence on four occasions between 1997 and 2000, and since 2000 there have been several allegations of violence made against him.
Junior prosecutor Riel Karmy-Jones said: "The defendant described these incidents as scuffles."
In November 2008 he was accused of violence in a corner shop followed by the smashing of the store's windows.
Following his arrest, Bowden was given Diazepam by a doctor who feared he may become violent.
Mr Martin was stabbed five times in Greenwich Church Street in front of his girlfriend Jessica Ryan and friend Alastair Wilson.
Police and ambulance crews arrived at the scene and doctors from the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) performed surgery in the street.
Mr Martin was taken to King's College Hospital in Camberwell but died shortly after 11am.
Bowden was arrested after police traced an attempted call from the telephone box to his girlfriend's mobile phone.
He was found at her home in Smiles Place, Lewisham, on March 30.
Miss Ryan said had been in a relationship with Mr Martin for four years and the couple had two children together, Elle, two, and Tommy, one.
Michael Bowden admits manslaughter but denies murder.
The trial continues.