A MURDER trial has been told a County Durham teenager was fatally stabbed with a ten inch ‘Rambo-style’ knife as he left a funfair.

Jack Woodley, originally from Newton Aycliffe, became involved in a ‘ten-on-one’ fight as he left the Houghton Feast last October, the court heard.

The jury, sitting at Newcastle Crown Court, heard the 18-year-old, was punched, kicked and stamped on during the savage attack.

Witnesses told police they heard one of the gang shout: ‘Get the chopper out’ during the melee near the Britannia Inn, which left Jack, from Newton Aycliffe fatally wounded.

The trial started this morning (Tuesday, March 15) and the jury has been told that one 15-year-old admits stabbing Jack.

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He has pleaded guilty to manslaughter but denies the more serious charge of murder.

Mark McKone QC, who opened the case for the prosecution, said: “A large group of youths attacked and killed Jack Woodley.

“The attack took place shortly after Jack and the defendants walked away from the feast.

“The attack took place outside the pub but they also chased Jack down an alleyway outside the pub.

“People in the pub saw the attack, as did many people who had been at the feast.

“As a result of that joint attack, these ten defendants are jointly charged with Jack’s murder.”

None of the ten defendants, who are aged 14 to 18, can be identified for legal reasons.

They all deny murder and the trial continues.


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