A MAN charged with murder on an Oxford street, told jurors he in fact 'tried to help' his alleged victim.

Four men - Michael Yemane, 20, of South Bridge Row, Oxford; Welid Solomon, 25, of Field Avenue, Oxford; Sasan Mohammed Khalid, 19, of no fixed abode; and Safeen Abdullah Karimi, 28, of Hode Garth, Thame, are all on trial at Oxford Crown Court accused of murder.

They are accused of killing 22-year-old Luciano Dos Santos Almeida in Southfield Road, Oxford, shortly after 11.30pm on February 27.

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Prosecutors claim that Mr Almeida was hit by a car driven by Solomon before being fatally stabbed multiple times.

As the trial continued yesterday the last of the four accused men - Safeen Karimi - took to the witness box.

The other three men have all already given their accounts.

Recalling the moment the alleged attack began Karimi, who is originally from Iran, said he was at the corner of Cowley Road and Southfield Road together with Yemane shortly before 11.30pm.

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He told jurors he first saw his alleged victim, who he did not know, Mr Almeida, crossing the road towards them 'shouting.'

He said: "The guy shouted [Yemane] come here, and I don't like it. He was shouting to Mr Yemane come here.

"I told Mr Yemane don't go because he was covered, his face was covered."

He said he called to Mr Almeida 'why do you want to fight Yemane, what was the problem?'

Karimi added that he also saw Mr Almeida holding a weapon in his right hand.

He said: "He was just saying 'I stab you, I stab you', he said that to Yemane. I was scared."

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Jurors were told that it was at that moment that a car driven by Solomon then collided with Mr Almeida from Southfield Road.

Explaining what happened next Karimi said: "He [Mr Almeida] fell down, I tried to pick him up. I tried to help him.

"He thinks I am going to attack him so he stabbed me in my heart.

"I was upset at that time because I didn't do anything to him and he stabs me."

He said that after the stabbing he tried to kick Mr Almeida before chasing him up Southfield Road.

Asked why he gave chase he told jurors 'because he stabbed me' and went on to say: "I went to get him for police because he stabbed me."

Karimi said that not long after, having been stabbed, he fell over at a green bin, saying 'I could not breathe anymore.'

He added: "I was thinking I am going to die."

Karimi was later taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital and treated for his injuries.

During cross examination it was put to Karimi that he was in fact 'a drug dealer' and that he was Solomon's boss.

He denied the assertion.

Prosecutors maintain that all four partook in the killing while all four men deny murder.

The trial continues.