AN ACCUSED murderer from Waverley has admitted pulling a knife on his alleged victim despite denying it to police.
Michael Vernon Lowe, 52, told Launceston's Supreme Court that he remembered he had the knife two days after being charged with murder in May 2012.
However Mr Lowe, who has pleaded not guilty, maintained he was attacked first by Kings Meadows man Darren Booth and feared for his life during the ordeal.
Crown prosecutor Linda Mason suggested he was lying and that he murdered Mr Booth after learning he was at the home of a women he'd only just split from.
``You must have realised at that point in time . . . she was cheating on you,'' she said.
``No,'' Mr Lowe said.
``You then produced your knife and attacked him,'' she said.
``No I didn't,'' Mr Lowe said.
Mr Lowe gave evidence yesterday that he'd gone to the woman's Kings Meadows home to discuss their relationship about 1am on May 13.
Crystal Wells came outside but did not let him in and as their argument escalated Mr Booth opened the front door.
Mr Lowe said he walked towards Mr Booth despite being attacked by him with a cricket stump.
``Is it your evidence then Mr Lowe that you saw Mr Booth carry a weapon and you made no attempt to leave?'' she said.
``I couldn't have left . . . the moment I was struck with a weapon it was bang and everything was going around me,'' he said.
``The only reason you went in to that home is because you already had a weapon in your hand,'' she said.
The experienced storeman said he habitually carried a knife on his belt for work and often had to be reminded to remove it at pubs because he'd forget he was wearing it.
``Lowey you can't have a knife on you,'' bar staff would tell him, he said.
Ms Mason asked if he remembered stabbing Mr Booth, who died in Ms Wells' lounge room from blood loss.
``I don't actually remember stabbing with the knife, I remember jabbing,'' he said.
Ms Mason asked what part of the body he was attempting to stab.
``There was no particular place .hs.hs. I was using the knife up, down, anywhere to keep him away from me,'' he said.
Mr Lowe told his defence counsel Greg Richardson he thought he would die at the hands of Mr Booth.
``That was the belief in your mind?'' Mr Richardson asked.
``Yes,'' he said.
The trial continues today.