A DEFENDANT in the Kian Tordoff murder trial revealed the killer 17-year-old was a “weird child” but had never told him about mental health problems or hearing voices.

The teenager, who cannot be named due to his age, admits to stabbing 19-year-old Mr Tordoff to death on John Street in the early hours of October 10 last year.

He was just 16 at the time and brought two knives to the scene.

But he has denied murder and pleaded guilty to an alternative of manslaughter on “diminished responsibility” on account of his mental health at the time.

Matthew Page – known as Matthew Lowther – was stabbed twice on the same night and fought for his life in hospital.

The 17-year-old admits inflicting the life-threatening wound on Mr Lowther but denies attempted murder and wounding with intent and has instead pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding.

The teenager claims he was “hearing voices” at the time of the stabbings and the court is due to hear from a psychiatrist as part of his evidence tomorrow (Wednesday) at Bradford Crown Court (BCC).

He has not presented evidence himself, but in today’s proceedings one of the other five defendants – Arbaz Khan, 22, of Yew Tree Avenue – was back in the witness box.

Mr Khan, who denies all three charges, continued to be cross-examined by Mr Mark McKone QC, for the prosecution.

The jury heard about Mr Khan’s relationships with the other defendants, including the 17-year-old.

When asked whether he knew about any mental health problems the teenager had, Mr Khan said: “Not that I know about, he's always been a weird child really.”

He said “not really, no” when asked if the 17-year-old had ever told him he was hearing voices.

Mr Khan told the court on Monday he had armed himself with a machete because a man named Abdullah – known as Chaser – who he fought with on Westgate had made threats about burning his house down, where he lived with his wife and three children.

Mr Khan told the jury today that Chaser was in prison and had chopped someone’s arm off, as a way of highlighting how dangerous he was.

The other four defendants in the trial are: Aizaz Khan, 27, of Yew Tree Avenue in the Daisy Hill area, Amaad Shakiel, 20, of Leaventhorpe Lane, Adam Qayum, 23, of Avenel Road, Allerton and Mohammed Adil Hussain, 18, of Kite Mews, Lower Grange.

All men deny murder and attempted murder, as well as a third count – wounding with intent - in relation to Mr Lowther, which was added to the indictment late last week.

The trial continues.