A MURDER victim "begged his attackers to stop" while they beat and stabbed him to death, a court heard.

Courtney Valentine-Brown pleaded for his life while four people allegedly attacked him by stabbing him through his femoral artery in his leg.

The 36-year-old was attacked in Roots Hall Drive on February 21 this year, and sadly died later in hospital.

Four people deny his murder.

Giving evidence at Basildon Crown Court yesterday, Mr Valentine-Brown's former flatmate, Solmaz Sevket told the jury she was chased out of the flat on the night.

She said: "I heard the keys rustling in the door, Courtney had answered it. It opened and then it went quiet.

"I heard 'what are you doing' and all the palava kicked off from there.

"It made me jump up.

"I could hear Courtney screaming. He was in the lounge."

Ms Sevket claims two of the people ordered her to leave after threatening her with weapons.

She said: "I legged it out of there after they screamed at me.

"Courtney was still screaming. He was begging them to stop. He said he would leave."

The jury was previously told that one of the accused had recruited the other three to go around to the flat and force Mr Valentine-Brown to leave.

Ms Sevket later came back to the flat after they left.

She said: "He was on the floor. On his side. I turned him over. I don't think he was breathing.

"I went and got my phone and called 999.

"I stayed there while they helped him.

"It dawned on me that he was dead, there was so much blood."

Kelly King, 30, of Howards Close, Westcliff, Ian Slater, 49, of Wayletts, Leigh, Stuart Pearson, 43, of Satanita Road, Westcliff and Alex Stephens, 36, of Hamlet Court Road in Westcliff, have all been charged with Mr Valentine-Brown's murder.

The trial continues.