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Accused ‘Brooklyn Ripper’ says it wasn’t him as trial begins

Accused “Brooklyn Ripper” Daniel St. Hubert went on trial Wednesday for a grisly elevator slashing that left a boy dead and a girl clinging to life — and he still insisted he didn’t do it despite a wealth of seemingly incriminating evidence.

A bloody, serrated steak knife was recovered near the Boulevard Houses in East New York where the slashing happened two summers ago; DNA links it to Hubert and both young victims, prosecutor Patrick O’ Connor told jurors.

Hubert swung the knife to murder Prince Joshua “PJ” Avitto, 6, and severely injure Mikayla Capers, 7, the prosecutor said.

Hubert was also ID’d by witnesses and by surveillance video as being in the area at the time of the slashing, he said.

“They were the perfect image of childhood innocence, and they entered that elevator with that childhood innocence,” the prosecutor told jurors.

“But that childhood innocence was about to be destroyed when a large, hulking man came inside this elevator.”

When Hubert was arrested four days later, he had been scrawling “$ KILLZ I WILL BK” on a stop sign, as if announcing to the city what he’d done, the prosecutor said.

Defense lawyer Howard Greenberg told jurors in his own openings that Hubert was “a patsy” who was “taking the fall.”

“I for one do not worship at the altar of DNA,” he told jurors.

After opening statements, prosecution witness testimony began with a tearful account by Avitto’s mother, Aricka McClinton.

“He was a good kid,” she said of her slain son.

“He was a friendly kid. He was the comedian type kid. A kid anybody would love to know. Everybody that knows that baby misses him,” she told jurors.

The two victims were pals who’d been playing outside together in the housing project playground before deciding to take the elevator upstairs to the boy’s apartment to get ice pops.

“He didn’t ask for this, the distraught mom testified.

“He didn’t ask for none of this — or Mikayla. Six- and seven-year-old kids minding their own business, coming upstairs to get icies.”

Testimony continues Thursday.