AN Ellesmere Port man accused of the murder of his 47-year-old housemate is on trial at Chester Crown Court.

Arkadiusz Kaczmarek, 22, stands accused of "brutally" stabbing Slawomir Kulesza to death at Blakemere Court.

Kaczmerek denies the charge of murder, which happened on or just after May 1, and possession of a kitchen knife in public on May 2.

John Benson QC outlined the prosecution's case to the trial jury on Tuesday, October 20.

He said both Kaczmarek and Mr Kulesza were Polish nationals and had been living as housemates in separate bedrooms at Blakemere Court since February.

On the night Mr Kulesza died, the pair had been to a nearby convenience store at 10.45pm, where Kaczmarek had purchased a bottle of Smirnoff vodka. Both were seen on CCTV cameras at the store and on CCTV on the roads leading to and from their house.

Kaczmarek was wearing a Nike-emblazoned top, camouflage trousers and white socks.

Both men returned to their house.

Mr Benson said there was mobile phone GPS evidence to say Kaczmarek left the house at 1.05am.

The prosecution said a man dropped a kitchen knife in an alleyway by the Conservative Club on Church Street at 1.11am, having clambered over a security fence to get there, and said that man was Kaczmarek.

A knife in the alleyway was later recovered by a member of the public on May 3. It had a blood stain and DNA matching that of Mr Kulesza.

A man was later seen on CCTV getting on to, then falling asleep in, the garden of a home on Worcester Walk at 1.27am.

A witness tried to wake him, then alerted the home's residents about the man sleeping in the garden, who was intoxicated and Polish.

Mr Benson said it is the prosecution's case the man was wearing the same clothes as Kaczmarek and was indeed Kaczmarek.

Police identified Kaczmarek at Westminster Bridge at 3am, looking heavily intoxicated, and gave him a lift back to his home. They noted his clothing was blood-stained.

When they returned to Blakemere Court, Kaczmarek tried to enter the house through the back entrance, but it was locked. Police noticed the front door was ajar.

Kaczmarek entered the house and said his housemate must have been asleep, but a police officer saw Mr Kulesza in a pool of blood in the kitchen.

Mr Benson told the jury there had been signs of a "sizeable disturbance" in the kitchen, with broken glass.

A post-mortem examination revealed Mr Kulesza had multiple stab wounds in his head, chest and arm, with fractures to the skull and ribs, with wounds in the brain and heart.

The wounds had been made with "severe force", the jury heard.

Kaczmarek was arrested and interviewed by police several times over the following weeks, with the aid of a solicitor and an interpreter.

He gave no comment to most answers, but on the fifth interview issued a prepared written statement which said "on account of the amount of vodka he consumed, he had no recollection of the events that night."

The trial, which has a jury of six men and six women, is expected to last for two weeks.

Kaczmarek was remanded in custody.