Harry Scott, who is accused of the unlawful killing of Richard Woods, told police he was in panic after finding the body, a jury was told today (Wednesday January 21).
Harry Scott is alleged to have trapped Richard Woods in the loft of his home in Spring Terrace, Louth. The prosecution say that Mr Woods, 32, tried to climb out but became wedged between two steps of the loft ladder and was asphyxiated.
Scott is alleged to have repeatedly struck Mr Woods with a length of wood while he was trapped rather than making any effort to help him.
The jury at Lincoln Crown Court was told that during a series of police interviews, Scott told officers: “When I went upstairs the ladder was up and I see his body.”
Scott said he could not remember securing a rope from the ladder to a stair post which lifted the ladder and prevented Mr Woods from climbing out of the loft.
The 23-year-old said that when he saw Mr Woods hanging from the ladder he used a cigarette lighter to burn through the rope and release the ladder.
Scott said “Everything was a bit of a blur. I kept burning my fingers with the lighter.
“I’m still in shock now to be honest. It was the biggest shock of my life to see one of my mates like that. I’ve never witnessed anything like that in my life.
“I was running up and down the stairs. I was tripping over everything. I was running around looking for his house phone. I was panicking.
“The main thing I was trying to do was to help him. I could see he needed help. When someone needs help you just try and help as fast as you can.”
Scott, of Ramsgate, Louth, denies a charge of manslaughter as a result of the incident on 12 January last year.
The trial continues.