Teenage gang yelled ‘Get the chopper!’ before stabbing 18-year-old man to death at funfair with 10-inch Rambo knife, court hears
A teenage gang yelled ‘get the chopper!’ before stabbing an 18-year-old to death with a 10-inch Rambo knife as he left a funfair, a court has heard.
Jack Woodley was allegedly set upon by a group of 10 other teens at the Houghton Feast in County Durham on October 16 last year.
The court heard the teens were ‘out looking for serious trouble’ with a ‘Rambo-style knife’ with a 10-inch blade and had worn face coverings and balaclavas before they launched the violence.
Jack was punched, kicked and stamped on before being stabbed in the back close to the Britannia Inn pub, Newcastle Crown Court heard.
Despite the best efforts of medical personnel, the young victim later died in hospital.
Jack Woodley was allegedly set upon by a group of 10 other teens at the Houghton Feast in County Durham on October 16 last year. Pictured: Grieving mother Zoey McGill released this heartbreaking picture of her son Jack as he lay dying in hospital
Pictured: Police and crime tape at the scene the day after the murder in Houghton-le-Spring
Ten teens, aged between 14 and 18, deny murder and are being tried by a jury.
One of them, a 15-year-old, admitted to stabbing Jack and causing his death by manslaughter but the other nine deny it.
Today the jury watched video footage played in court which showed the youths, wearing dark clothing, walking down a footpath moments before the attack.
The CCTV then showed one of the defendants becoming involved in a fight with Jack, while at the same time a member of the group could be heard shouting ‘get the chopper’.
As the fight unfolded, other members could be seen surrounding the males before the camera cut away.
Jack was found with stab wounds outside the Britannia Inn in Houghton-le-Spring, Tyne and Wear on October 16 last year and died of his injuries the following day
Jurors also watched CCTV footage from inside the Britannia pub, which showed customers inside looking out of the window as the violence took place just metres away outside.
The court heard the killing happened near the pub as people were leaving the funfair and that Jack, who did not know his attackers, had also been at the event.
In a separate clip, two men were later captured walking along a public footpath before one could be heard saying: ‘I hope he’s alright.’
He added: ‘It’s f****** stupid. If that kid has died, it’s somebody’s family f****.’
Jack had been offered a job at Amazon in Gateshead and wanted to live in a house with his girlfriend, but was told by social services he would have to wait until one was available
Pictured with her husband Chris, mother Zoey described the tragic final hours of Jack’s life: ‘I will never be able to find comfort in the pain that he went through.’
His attackers did not know Jack but were looking for a ‘trivial reason’ to start trouble, jurors were told.
It is alleged that the other nine youths are guilty due to ‘the concept of joint enterprise’, despite only one inflicting the fatal stab wound.
Prosecutor Mark McKone QC told the court that the severity of the violence varied between each defendant, but they all acted together with the intent to cause serious injury.
The trial continues.