The two men accused of the murder of Aaron Pill considered taking an axe to scare their victim but decided that it was too dangerous, with one of them saying he “would kill him if he took it”, Truro Crown Court was told this morning.

The claim was made during evidence presented by the prosecution in the trial of Liam Bastow and Kane Coggin, who are both charged with murdering Falmouth man Mr Pill on May 4 this year.

Coggin, aged 27, of Meadowbank, Mylor Bridge and Bastow, aged 24, of Avalon Close, Mylor Bridge have admitted manslaughter but deny murder.


Mr Adam Feest, QC, prosecuting, told the jury that following a heated telephone conversation between Bastow and Pill over a drug debt, Bastow had gone to Coggin’s house to discuss a plan to rob Mr Pill of cannabis.

“At one point an axe was taken from the cupboard, to be used to scare him [Mr Pill],” said Mr Feest. “But Coggin said he would kill him if he took it.”

The axe was not taken, but Bastow said he did not know that Coggin had taken a knife to Mr Pill’s house.

In fact, he had two knives, a silver one and black handled one in his pocket, which he claimed he had not known was there and only realised he had once he left the scene of the attack.

The trial continues.