Alfie Lewis murder trial day 9 as jury set to retire

A jury is set to remove in the trial a 15-year-old boy accused of murdering Alfie Lewis.

Jurors have sat on the trial at Leeds Crown Court for a total of nine days and today will withdraw to consider its verdict. The 15-year-old – who must not be named for legal reasons – is charged with murder, which he denies. He has previously admitted possession of a bladed article.

Alfie, 15, died following a stabbing in November 7 last years. Jurors have previously heard he was seen on CCTV walking near to St Margaret’s Church of England Primary School just before 3pm, when he was stabbed.

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Last week, Craig Hassall KC for the prosecution opened the trial to the jury and told them witnesses saw the defendant stab Alfie, who was going to meet friends at the time. The defendant told the court in his evidence that he thought Alfie was going to hurt him that day.

He agreed he caused Alfie’s death and said: “I’m sorry.”

The Honorable Mr Justice Cotter began summing up the case to the jury on Wednesday, and will continue this morning from 10.30am until around lunchtime. After that, the jury will retire to consider its verdict.

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What will happen today?

On Wednesday, jurors heard the closing speeches from both the prosecution and defense.

The Honorable Mr Justice Cotter then began summing the case up to the jury. He will continue to do that today, and it is expected the jury will retire to consider its verdict at around lunchtime. We will provide an update when the jury goes out, and of any movement in court thereafter.

Police at the scene following the death of Alfie Lewis(Image: Lucy Marshall)


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