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Stabbed teen was targeted, court is told
11:57am Wednesday 4th September 2013 in News
A TEENAGER stabbed to death in a brawl was targeted by a “hate club” who shared a dislike of him, a murder trial jury was told.
Michael “Angel” Graham was stabbed 12 times in the back by a 16-year-old armed with a flick-knife bought by an older friend earlier that day, Teesside Crown Court has heard.
The teenager and seven friends had surrounded Mr Graham, 19, and a 17-year-old friend at about 11.30pm in Foreshore Road on April 13, the murder trial has been told. Mr Graham’s friend was also wounded as he went to his aid, the jury has heard.
Mr Graham and the accused had been friends but fell out after Mr Graham taunted the younger boy for sleeping with a 12-year-old girl, it has been alleged.
The accused, now 17, has told the jury he rounded up his friends because he feared he was going to be “hunted down” and “sliced up” by Mr Graham and his friends.
Tim Roberts QC, prosecuting, said text messages showed from the outset Mr Graham had challenged the defendant to a fair fight, with no weapons or “back-up”.
The defendant said he did not believe Mr Graham would meet him unarmed or alone.
He also thought he would lose a one-to-one fight, even though they were well matched physically.
The teenager claimed Mr Graham had a gang and had spoken of stabbing someone before.
Mr Roberts said the teenager sent a text to his girlfriend after the killing: “Stabbed Angel 12 times. Love you loads. Kiss. Kiss. Kiss.” Mr Roberts said the attack was revenge for the name-calling. The accused said that has inflamed his anger but said it was a chance meeting.
Mr Graham had been living in Scarborough but had links to Leeds.
The accused, who cannot be named for legal reasons, denies murder.
The trial continues.