Ahmad Arbery (2nd left)
AHMAD ARBERY, 22, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Ahman Arbery, 20, when he was accused of killing Ahman’s partner, Rahma Waberi, 16, in May last year.
He is also charged with the attempted murder of Syed Arfeen.
In the witness box, Mr Arbery told the trial that he had met Ahman Arbery at a party in Portslade the evening of 28 May last year. He then met Mr Arfeen in Bexhill that evening and they had consensual sex with Ahman Arbery.
Two days later, he said he had confronted Ahman Arbery about a previous sexual encounter.
He claimed Ahman Arbery accused him of rape, saying “that he was not like the other gay black men.”
He then said he was attacked by Ahman Arbery and Syed Arfeen and they had all been injured.
Prosecutor Aizaz Chaudhry QC, said Ahman Arbery had then knocked the glasses of Ahman Arbery off his face.
“He then hit Mr Arfeen as he lay on the floor of the room,” he told the court.
Mr Chaudhry said Ahman Arbery had struck Syed Arfeen over the head with a piece of wood, the rest of the story was then of an independent struggle between the four defendants.
Mr Chaudhry also told the court that Ahman Arbery and Rahma Waberi, 20, were a “loving couple.”
The jury was shown a number of pictures of the couple together including the barber shop where they had recently been with their close friends.
Mr Chaudhry said the prosecution was saying Ahman Arbery had “got to her” for reasons best known to him and then used a knife.
Mr Chaudhry said there was no crime of aggression towards Mr Arfeen and he was brutally attacked, it was not attempted murder.
Earlier Mr Arbery had been questioned by the jury about that attack on Mr Arfeen on 16 June last year.
He told the court that he had witnessed a group of people become aggressive with the group of people holding a protest in the High Street, Brighton.
He said he had seen Ahman Arbery hit Syed Arfeen with a piece of wood over the head.
“I didn’t see anything with Syed Arfeen. I just saw Ahman Arbery strike him with the wood,” he said.
Mr Arbery was told that Mr Arfeen had been with himself and another man when they were surrounded by people in the public space.
He told the court he was not looking directly at Ahman Arbery and he didn’t see anything with Ahman Arbery.
In his witness statement he said Mr Arfeen and Ahman Arbery had argued because of Ahman Arbery not giving Syed Arfeen some of his alcohol.
He said Ahman Arbery had been drinking earlier on and had been angry about that.
“Ahmad had asked Syed not to drink anymore,” he said.
He said Ahman Arbery had then been shouting homophobic comments towards him.
He said he tried to leave the group of people that was attacking Ahman Arbery but then had to fight Mr Arfeen and others on the group.
The trial continues.