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A FORMER heroin addict has told a court how he was robbed at knife-point after a row about a drug deal.

Edward McDonald claims Darren King punched him to the ground and stole his mobile phone and loose change in the attack.

King, of no fixed abode, denies a charge of robbery and possession of an offensive weapon.

Mr McDonald told a jury at Portsmouth Crown Court that King had given him £370 to buy him some heroin.

But, the court heard, King wasn’t happy with the quality of the drugs.

King, 45, confronted Mr McDonald on the balcony of a block of flats in Tennyson Crescent, Waterlooville, in November last year.

Mr McDonald said: ‘Mr King was very aggressive towards me, insinuating I had ripped him off.

‘He then assaulted me, threatened to throw me off the balcony, he frightened me to death.

‘He assaulted me and I went to the floor.’

King then dragged his victim into a stairwell and threatened him with a 12-inch carving knife, the court heard.

He said: ‘He was still ranting to me. He said I had ripped him off and he wanted money.’

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