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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

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Carlisle murder trial: Judge summing up

A judge has begun summing up in the case of a young Carlisle father who is accused of murdering his friend at a house in Carlisle.

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Jamie Armstrong

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Jamie Lee Armstrong, 21, of Warwick Road, denies stabbing 23-year-old bar worker Luke Hollingsworth to death.

The defendant has told the jury at the city’s Crown Court that both he and Mr Hollingsworth were attacked by two masked knifemen who burst into his friend’s house demanding drugs and money.

The prosecution say he killed Mr Hollingsworth after wrestling a knife from his friend’s hand during a row and repeatedly stabbing him.

The tragedy happened at Mr Hollingsworth’s home in Etterby Lea Road, Stanwix, on July 10 last year.

The jury will retire to consider their verdict after Judge Paul Batty QC concludes his summing up, which he will resume today. The trial has been running for more than three weeks.

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