Trial of teen accused of murdering Joshua Hall resumes

A 16-year-old has gone on trial this week, accused of murdering 17-year old Joshua Hall at a sports ground in Cam earlier this year.

Last week the first jury to be sworn in for the trial at Gloucester Crown Court had to be discharged after the prosecutor Richard Smith QC tested positive for Covid-19.

The judge, Mr Justice Chamberlain, postponed the trial because of Mr Smith’s situation and yesterday (Monday) a second jury of eight men and four women were sworn in.

Joshua Hall was fatally stabbed by another teenager after they met up at a Cam sports ground to ‘sort out their differences,’ the jury was told today.

Joshua’s sixteen year old alleged killer believed he had been ‘insulted’ by Joshua and that there was ‘some hostility between them,’ Gloucester Crown Court heard.

The boy took a knife with him to their rendezvous in Cam and stabbed Joshua in the hand and the abdomen, said prosecutor James Dawes QC.

He told the jury of eight men and four women: “It was 1.20pm on Friday April 16th this year when this happened at the sports ground at Cam. This is where the defendant allegedly killed Joshua Hall by stabbing him with a knife.

“The pair vaguely knew each other and it seems that the defendant felt there was some hostility between them. He felt he had been insulted by Joshua…

“Joshua was aware that the defendant felt this way from the messages he received on social media. The two of them agreed to meet up at the sports ground to sort out their differences.

“Joshua expected an argument, or at worst getting involved in fisticuffs.

“It is alleged that the defendant came to the sports ground with a knife concealed in his waist band. He used it to stab his victim multiple times.

“The defendant was arrested some 30 minutes after the incident and told police he did not know why he did it.

“But the prosecution say the case is clear because the defendant had wound himself up and had taken a knife with him to their meeting.

“When he was taken to the police station he had time to think about his position because of the circumstances in which he found himself and after two days he was charged with murder.

“The defendant has come up with a way of getting out of this situation and claimed that he had used the knife in self defence after Joshua had attacked him.

“He claimed the stabbing was a mistake.”

The sixteen year old denies murdering Joshua and the trial continues.

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