THE trial of four youths charged with affray in connection with the death of Luke Jobson is due to start today at Teesside Crown Court.

The popular 22-year-old went missing following a night out in Yarm last January.

His body was later recovered from the River Tees a few days later.

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Five people were charged in connection with Mr Jobson's death with one teenager pleading guilty to his role at an earlier hearing.

Those due to go on trial are Edwin Taha, 20, of Lavender Way, Norton, who denies affray.

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Ryan Alpay, 19, of Duneside, Elm Tree, Stockton, who denies affray - using or threatening unlawful violence.

Ali Abdulmajieed, 19, of Corvus Drive, central Stockton, pleaded not guilty to affray - using or threatening unlawful violence.

Hammad Asif, 18, of Osborne Road, Stockton, also denies affray.

A teenager, who was 17-years-old at the time of his sentencing so cannot be named for legal reasons, was sentenced on Wednesday, June 24 after pleading guilty affray.

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At the riverside, pieces of red ribbon and red balloons, with personal messages were left as a reminder of the region’s huge support.

More than 200 individual pieces of ribbon had been tied to the railings of Yarm Wharf, whilst hundreds more were tied to railings and lamppost’s near Sainsbury’s car park, as space by the riverside dwindled.

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A floral tribute, decorated with candles and pictures of Mr Jobson, had been carefully put together.

  • The trial, at Teesside Crown Court, is listed to last five days.