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Sunday, 21 September 2014

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Carlisle man charged with murder remanded in custody

The young man accused of murdering Carlisle pub worker Luke Hollingsworth will be asked to enter his plea at the end of September.

Jamie Armstrong photo
Jamie Armstrong

During a brief hearing at Carlisle Crown Court, Jamie Lee Armstrong, 20, of Warwick Road, Carlisle, was told how the case would be dealt with over the coming weeks.

He has been formally charged with murdering 23-year-old Mr Hollingsworth at his home in Etterby Lea Road, Stanwix, on Wednesday, July 10. The defendant sat quietly in the dock, speaking only to confirm his name.

Prosecutor Gerard Rogerson told Judge Paul Batty QC, the Honorary Recorder of Carlisle, that a considerable number of inquiries were yet to be completed by police.

But he said that he was confident that they would be completed over the next few weeks. The court thrashed out a timetable which will require Armstrong’s defence team to submit a defence statement by Tuesday, September 24.

The defendant will be brought back to the Crown Court on Monday, September 30, when the charge will be formally put to him and he will be invited to enter a plea.

Tim Evans, for Armstrong, confirmed that there would be no application for bail.

Throughout the 15-minute hearing, Armstrong sat quietly in the dock, the bandage that was wrapped around his right arm now removed. Judge Batty remanded him in custody.

As he left the dock to be taken back to prison, he smiled and waved to relatives who watched from the court’s public gallery.

Police have confirmed that Mr Hollingsworth, who worked in the kitchens at the Woodrow Wilson pub in Botchergate, had died from stab wounds.

In the days immediately after the tragedy, detectives were unable to interview Armstrong because he was recovering from serious injuries in an unnamed hospital.

Police have repeatedly appealed for information which might help them piece together how Mr Hollingsworth died. No matter how trivial any relevant information may seem, say police, they want to hear about it. Call 101.

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