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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Carlisle murder accused tells of burglars

A man accused of murder told police he and his alleged victim were confronted by house intruders demanding: “Where’s the drugs and where’s the money?”

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Accused: Jamie Armstrong got to know Luke Hollingsworth in 2012

The evidence of Jamie Armstrong as he was interviewed by police in the wake of the fatal stabbing of Luke Hollingsworth was relayed to the jury at his murder trial in Carlisle.

Armstrong, 21, was shown with his hands bandaged on video footage taken as he was quizzed by detectives investigating the death.

In the interviews he told police that the pair were confronted by men – one in a balaclava, one wearing a hoodie – who entered Mr Hollingsworth’s home in Etterby Lea Road in Stanwix, Carlisle.

He said Mr Hollingsworth was stabbed and he was slashed.

The footage was shown on day four of a trial expected to last nearly four weeks.

Mr Hollingsworth, who worked at the Woodrow Wilson pub in Botchergate, Carlisle, was discovered dead in his home on July 10 last year after suffering multiple stab wounds.

Armstrong, of Warwick Road in the city, denies murder, claiming the pair came under attack by the men.

The jury were read transcripts of the interviews as well as watching clips.

The first interview was held nine days after the stabbing, with officers unable to interview Armstrong before because he had been found injured at the scene.

He said he had gone to Mr Hollingsworth’s house on the day he died “for a smoke”.

The two were in the house, he said, when “them lads came”.

He told detectives they came “through the back”.

“The door wasn’t locked,” said Armstrong. “It wasn’t even shut.

“They were both right next to us. By the time we looked up they were both there.”

Armstrong was asked what the first thing was they said.

“Where’s the drugs and where’s the money?” he replied.

When asked what he did upon seeing them, Armstrong said: “I didn’t move at all. I didn’t know what to do.”

The men, he said, started a search. “They were like: ‘Where is it? Where is it?’” he said.

Armstrong said he was slashed on his hands with a knife by one of the men .

He told police the men started searching the kitchen after a search had been carried out upstairs.

Mr Hollingsworth, he said, was stabbed in the head and the back.

He told police: “One of them stabbed Luke once and then once in the back.”

Armstrong added: “He went down. I remember him falling down.”

Armstrong said the last thing he remembered was being in the bathroom with Luke.

“I had my hands on his face, he had hands on me, saying: ‘It’s going to be alright’.”

The court was told earlier that Mr Hollingsworth and Armstrong were involved in dealing cannabis.

The trial continues.

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