THE jury in the trial of ten teenagers accused of murdering an 18-year-old in a savage gang attack has retired to consider its verdict.

The proceedings at Newcastle Crown Court relating to the death of Jack Woodley, from Newton Aycliffe, have been going on since early March and are now drawing to a conclusion.

Jack was beaten, kicked and stamped on before he was stabbed in the back as he left the funfair at Houghton Feast last year.

The youngsters, who were aged 14-17 at the time, are all charged with murder.

The Northern Echo: Jack Woodley

A 15-year-old, who admits stabbing Jack with a ‘Rambo-style’ knife, has already pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Summing up earlier this week, Judge Rodney James QC said Jack was punched from behind as he left by a 16-year-old boy, who got him in a headlock, before others joined in.

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The jury was told Jack was attack near the Britannia Inn in Houghton-le-Spring.

The incident took place on October 16 and Jack died the following evening at the RVI in Newcastle.


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