A JURY has been told how a father suffered more than 20 head injuries before two stab wounds left him bleeding to death on a Totton driveway.

It follows prosecutor Adam Feest QC telling Winchester Crown Court yesterday that 26-year-old Courtney Jones was murdered in a “frenzied” attack in Salisbury Road, Totton, on August 25.

Brothers Sidney Cooper – aged 26, of no fixed abode – and Charlie Cooper – aged 19, of Ashby Road, Totton – are currently standing trial accused of jointly murdering Mr Jones.

Mr Feest told the court this morning Mr Jones, of Deerlands Avenue, Sheffield, suffered two stab wounds to the left side of his torso, one of which penetrated his spleen and cut through an artery, causing him to bleed freely.

It comes after the court heard prepared statements yesterday which were given to police after the brothers were arrested.

They said Mr Jones had the produced the knife and they were acting in self-defence.

The court heard yesterday that Mr Jones, a known drug dealer, had been visiting his friend Bethany Fee that evening, while the Cooper brothers were in a nearby home. Mr Feest said sometime after 7pm, the pair had been trying to get into Ms Fee's home, but when Mr Jones came out to confront them, he was attacked.

Mr Feest described the attack as "frenzied" and said Mr Jones was punched, stamped on, and hit with a brick.

Both defendants deny murder. The trial continues.