A court heard today how an 18-year-old youth was stabbed to death by a younger teenager with a large “Pirates of the Caribbean” knife allegedly handed to him by his 15-year-old companion.
The weapon penetrated the abdomen of victim Eddie O’Rourke just minutes after arriving at a young woman’s 18th birthday party at the Royal British Legion in Runcorn, Cheshire.
A jury heard that he had arrived at the party just three minutes after his alleged killers on the evening of September 7 last year.
Eddie and the 17-year-old had previously clashed over a girl and the youth had “perhaps become obsessed” with her, said Nigel Power, QC, prosecuting.
He claimed that Eddie gestured to the 17-year-old as if to say ‘I’ll ’ see you outside’ and the youth went out but ran straight back in before going back out 25 seconds later. This time he was with the 15-year-old who passed him a knife with a 12 inch long blade.
“Very soon after he stabbed Eddie O’Rourke once to the abdomen. The stab wound track cut through one of the main arteries in the lower abdomen which supplies blood to the lower limbs. That caused severe and fatal internal bleeding.”
Mr Power, who showed jurors the ‘fearsome’ weapon, told them at the start of the trial that they would have to decide if the defendants, who cannot be identified because of their age, were acting in self-defence and whether they intended to cause Mr O’Rourke serious bodily harm.
The two defendants who we can not name because of their age have both pleaded not guilty at Liverpool Crown Court to murder.
The 15-year-old has pleaded guilty to having an offensive weapon.
The trial, expected to last four weeks, continues