Murder victim, Paul Averill, died after ‘stab wound through his heart’

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The victim of a fatal attack in Cotmanhay died from a stab wound through his heart and side, a court heard.

Paul Averill, 30, was found dead at a house in Charlotte Street, Cotmanhay last Thursday (Sep 11).

A second man, Jason Goodacre, 23, also suffered stab wounds and was seriously injured.

Nottingham Crown Court heard this morning that Goodacre is in recovery from puncture wounds to his lungs, arm and thighs and that his heart was ‘nicked’ by the knife during the incident.

Santino Giovanni Genovese, charged with one count of murder and one count of attempted murder, was due to appear at the court this morning (Sep 16) in an application for bail.

But the 23-year-old did not appear today due to ‘mental health issues’ and ‘lack of experience of the criminal justice system’, the court heard.

Both the families of the defendant and the victims were present in the courtroom. Sobs could be heard as details of the fatal incident were heard

Genovese is currently being held at a prison in Nottingham.

The case has now been adjourned until Friday, when Genovese is due to appear, with the preliminary hearing to take place on September 30 before Judge Michael Stokes.