A MAN who witnessed the fatal stabbing of Mansoor Mahmood said the father-of-two “cried and screamed” in pain as he staggered along Brierley Hill High Street.

Mr Mahmood was killed after being attacked with a “large military knife”, Mohammed Ismail told the jury at Birmingham Crown Court as the murder retrial of 21-year-old Niron Parker-Lee continued.

The takeaway manager said he saw Mr Mahmood and Parker-Lee, of Blewitt Street, Pensnett, get into “a scuffle” on October 15, 2016.

He said Mr Mahmood, who had been with an older, white male, had approached Parker-Lee first.

From behind a screen surrounding the witness box he told the jury the exchange was “heated” and said they were arguing, shouting and punching each other.

Mr Ismail, who was assisted by an interpreter as he gave evidence, said he couldn’t understand what they were saying to each other but said they both seemed “aggressive".

He said the pair disappeared from his view for “one or two minutes” as they backed into an alleyway.

Parker-Lee - who denies the murder charge - reappeared first with Mr Mahmood close behind.

Mr Ismail said he then saw Parker-Lee produce a knife from a rucksack he was carrying, adding: "It was a large military knife, about 30-40cm long. I’ve only seen those in films."

He said he saw Parker-Lee swing at 24-year-old Mr Mahmood with the knife three times.

He said the first blow missed as Mr Mahmood “tried to avoid it” but the second and third penetrated his body.

“The third blow was very hard. He started screaming and crying and holding his body,” Mr Ismail said, adding that a wounded Mr Mahmood had made his way to towards the Dixi Chicken restaurant.

“I was in shock and scared. I moved away,” he continued.

“The black man fled the from the scene. I couldn’t concentrate on which direction he was going."

As he concluded his evidence, Mr Ismail told Judge Philip Parker: “I hope justice is done.”

The trial continues.