MATLOCK: Man smashed friend’s skull with a rock, court hears

Crime Scene:A forensic screen marks the spot at Matlock library after the discovery of a body on Sunday morning.
Crime Scene:A forensic screen marks the spot at Matlock library after the discovery of a body on Sunday morning.

A man killed his friend by smashing his skull with a rock, a jury has been told.

Michael Wayne Carroll - known as Wayne - bludgeoned Alexander Blick to death in Matlock’s library gardens, a court heard.

Carroll, 44, of Upper Greenhill Gardens, Matlock, is on trial after denying the manslaughter.

Nottingham Crown Court heard this week that the pair were part of a group in the town who spent much of their time drinking alcohol in Hall Leys Park.

But a day-long drinking session ended in tragedy and Mr Blick’s body was discovered on Sunday, October 16 2011, in the gardens off Steep Turnpike.

Caroline Bradley, prosecuting said Carroll had mental health problems, yet to be formally classified but likely to be schizophrenia.

After his friend’s death, blood-splattered shoes were discovered at his flat- along with blood-stained clothing, hidden in bushes close by.

Miss Bradley said: “The defendant knows full well what he did was wrong and shortly after the incident attempted to evade responsibility by disposing some evidence, particularly clothing he had been wearing at the time he killed Mr Blick.”

She added Carroll later confessed the killing to two friends saying he had “hit him twice on the head and once in the windpipe.”

Carroll, denied making the confessions.

Mr Blick, 42, of Dale Road, Matlock Bath, was originally from Plymouth. He moved to Matlock three months before his death.

The trial continues.

Friends say pair were arguing:

Friends gave evidence to say the pair had fallen out the day Mr Blick was killed.

Witness Jamie Lawson, who lived next door to Mr Blick, said that as the group were drinking in Hall Leys Mr Blick was getting “wound up with Wayne for sitting there laughing to himself and making funny noises. He was not doing it to wind anyone up, that’s what he did but Alex was getting wound up about it.”

Witness Jamie Knowles said he had known Wayne for about 15 years. He said he had been drinking with the pair on October 15, 2011. He added Carroll “behaved a bit different because he was on speed.”

Mr Knowles said he had taken speed around the back of the library that day and had been drinking vodka. He said the group appeared to be “merry” but added: “Wayne and Alex argued, I think they were drunk. I don’t know what it was about.”