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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

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Stabbing victim tried to hold door closed against attacker, Carlisle court told

Victim Luke Hollingsworth tried to hold the bathroom door closed against his attacker shortly before he died from multiple stab wounds.

Luke Hollingsworth photo
Luke Hollingsworth

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A jury at Carlisle Crown Court also heard that a fingerprint in his blood was left at the scene by Jamie Armstrong, who denies murdering the 23-year-old pub worker.

He was found dead in his Etterby Lea Road home, in the Stanwix area of Carlisle, on July 10 last year.

As the trial entered its eighth day yesterday, statements – which were not disputed by either the defence or prosecution teams – were read to the eight women and four men of the jury.

In addition to the fingerprint and DNA evidence, the admissions included details of items which were seized during police searches – including cash and drugs.

Prosecution barrister Kim Whittlestone said that the location of Mr Hollingsworth’s fingerprints would have made it awkward for him to be opening the bathroom door and said it was consistent with him holding the door shut with his left hand.

She said DNA and fingerprint evidence was also found on a wall leading to a downstairs hallway and added: “There was a fingerprint in blood on a wall in the kitchen from Jamie Armstrong and the blood it was left in was that of Luke Hollingsworth.”

The court heard that no traces of DNA from Armstrong were found on knives which were examined at the scene but a fingerprint from Mr Hollingsworth was found on one of the blades.

Ms Whittlestone said that when police searched an address in Warwick Road, where the accused had been staying, officers found an envelope containing £3,490 in cash.

She said that when the contents were examined a £20 note was found with one of Mr Hollingsworth’s fingerprints on it.

“No fingermarks of Jamie Armstrong were found on any of the bank notes but the notes did contain fingermarks of others that have been identified,” she said.

“The envelope that contained the money contained four finger marks of Jamie Armstrong.”

The court heard that police also found Mr Hollingsworth’s mobile phone on the bed as well as 26.18g of cannabis underneath it. Ms Whittlestone said: “This bag has the fingerprints of both Jamie Armstrong and Luke Hollingsworth.”

She said that a £10 note was also found in one of Armstrong’s socks which had one of Mr Hollingsworth’s fingerprints.

And under one of the bedroom floorboards at the Etterby Lea Road address police found three bags of cannabis – each weighing 26.25g, 26.78g and 26.67g – which were wrapped in a larger sandwich bag.

Ms Whittlestone said that two of Mr Hollingsworth’s finger prints were found on the smaller bags.

The trial continues.

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