A MURDER suspect accused of killing his great uncle told police he was never at the alleged victim's door on the day the pensioner died.

Adam Mason denies the murder of 80-year-old Desmond Wooding, found dead with 11 stab wounds at his Droitwich home.

The 33-year-old of Plough Lane, Tibberton, is accused of the murder in Vines Lane on June 23 last year. His uncle, Mark Mason, 55, of Plough Lane, Tibberton, denies assisting an offender by driving Adam Mason away from the scene in his Mercedes Sprinter van. Transcripts of their interviews were read out to a jury of six men and six women at Worcester Crown Court yesterday. CCTV shows Adam Mason leaving the Gardeners Arms pub in Vines Lane, Droitwich at 8.43pm on the day of the murder.

Officers asked him to account for his movements during a 20 minute window after he left the pub and he replied that he was "maybe sat down on the grass, doing something."

He said he also might have been relieving himself but added: "I don't know. I can't recall it."

The defendant, who had been with his German Shepherd Sabby, accepted there was 20 minutes unaccounted for by CCTV footage. Mason also said he may have been by the car park or in the area of the bushes. "I could have been anywhere" he told officers.

Mason said he could not remember going back to the pub but may have returned to use the toilet. It was also put to Mason by officers that a man fitting his description and with a dog had been seen at Mr Wooding's door. Mason answered: "I wasn't at no door."

He was asked if there was any reason he would have gone to Mr Wooding's door 'for that 20 minutes you were off camera'.

He replied: "No, no reason at all."

In another interview Mason answered 'no comment' to questions, including when asked to give an explanation for the blood found on a dog lead recovered by police or to tell them whereabouts of the clothing he had been seen wearing on the day.

The trial continues.