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Second teenager found guilty of South Moor murder
A SECOND teenager has today (Friday, August 9) been convicted of murdering a father-of-two just two days before Christmas.
The 17-year-old, who cannot be named because of his age, was found guilty of the murder of David Scott in the early hours of December 23.
The 33-year-old victim was stabbed five times in a back lane behind Rose Avenue, in South Moor, Stanley.
The youth - known as Youth A – and another 17-year-old known as Youth B – have been on trial at Newcastle Crown Court accused of his murder.
Youth B was convicted by a jury yesterday (Thursday, August 8) after the jury deliberated for 16 hours.
Following a further 45 minutes of deliberation the jury of seven men and five women this morning found the older defendant - referred to as Youth A - guilty, by a majority verdict of 10-2.
Speaking after the hearing, Mr Scott’s mother Janice, 63, said: “I am relieved the trial is over.
“It’s been difficult listening to the events which resulted in David’s death.
“The men who killed my son appeared to have no regard for the value of life.
“I’m grieving for my son and bringing up his children. When they are old enough I will tell them what happened and that justice was seen to be done.”
Giving evidence during the trial, Youth B admitted that he had gone looking for Mr Scott intending "to fight" the victim, following an altercation in the street earlier in the evening.
After finding him in the back lane, the teenager admitted punching Mr Scott and wrestling with him on the ground, but denied stabbing him.
Youth A, giving evidence, admitted punching Mr Scott, but denied fatally stabbing him.
The youth who lives in the Stanley area told the jury he went to Rose Avenue to support his friend after Mr Scott “kicked off” outside his friend’s mother’s house.
Recorder of Newcastle Judge James Goss told Youth A: “Having been convicted of murder there is only one sentence that can be passed, but I have to fix a minimum term that has to be served before you can be released.”
Judge Goss said he wanted reports prepared before passing sentence.
Youth A was remanded in custody to be sentenced alongside Youth B at a date yet to be decided in September.
Reporting restrictions were not lifted.
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