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Thursday, 24 July 2014

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Carlisle murder trial told friends fought in bathroom

A barman was brutally murdered when his attacker wrestled a knife from his hand and repeatedly stabbed him, it has been claimed.

Luke Hollingsworth photo
Luke Hollingsworth

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Jamie Lee Armstrong, 21, of Warwick Road, is on trial at Carlisle Crown Court for the murder of Luke Hollingsworth.

The 23-year-old bar worker was stabbed to death at his home in Etterby Lea Road, Stanwix, last year.

Armstrong, of Warwick Road, Carlisle, says Mr Hollingsworth was killed by masked knifemen who burst into the house, but prosecution barrister Brian Cummings told the jury this could not be true.

Instead, he said that an argument started over drug debts and led to Mr Hollingsworth being murdered.

Mr Cummings said: “The defendant went to Etterby Lea Road to have it out with Luke Hollingsworth over the money he was owed.

“An argument developed and it got nasty, with Luke producing a knife. Jamie Armstrong managed to take the knife and use it.

“Luke Hollingsworth went to the bathroom and tried to lock the door but there was a struggle at the door.

“It was during the struggle that Jamie Armstrong’s jumper and T-shirt were pulled over his head.

“Why was he bare-chested? Because he had been in a fight in the bathroom where Luke Hollingsworth was killed.”

Armstrong had told the jury that he got to know Mr Hollingsworth in 2012 and that they had got on well, seeing each other every day.

He said the pair took drugs together and went shopping in town.

But Mr Cummings told the jury that Armstrong’s demeanour during the proceedings was significant.

He said: “He has shown no emotion over anything: the predicament he is in, the terrible events of that day, or upon hearing of the terrible injuries suffered by someone.

“The only emotion he has shown was over money. When the £3,500 was seized by police he had a tantrum.”

Armstrong denies murder, saying that Mr Hollingsworth was killed by two men who broke into the house in July last year.

The defendant suffered “catastrophic” injuries to his hands in the incident, which have left him unable to curl or grip his fingers.

The trial continues.

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