Connor stabbed ten times in the back during attack

Connor stabbed ten times in the back during attack

Connor stabbed ten times in the back during attack

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A PATHOLOGIST said Connor Tremble was probably not moving when he was repeatedly stabbed by Will Blencowe.

Expert witness Dr Alexander Kolar said yesterday it would have been “extremely unusual” if Connor’s wounds had been caused during a fight.

Blencowe, 21, of Oxford Road, Banbury, admits inflicting the fatal injuries on February 13 this year, but claims he acted in self-defence and denies murder.

The prosecution alleges Blencowe killed Connor, 17, inside his flat in Fairacres Road, Oxford because the teenager was seeing his ex-girlfriend, Aimee Harris.

Giving evidence at Oxford Crown Court, Dr Kolar said 10 of the stab wounds were on the back of Connor’s body.

He was asked by prosecutor Charles Ward-Jackson if the wounds were likely to have been caused “in the context of a fight” as Blencowe claims.

Dr Kolar replied: “It would have been extremely unusual to get such a cluster (of wounds) all going in the same direction if someone was moving around.”

Mr Ward-Jackson said: “Does that mean the deceased was likely to be still at that point?”

The witness replied: “He was likely to be immobile, or in a similar position.”

He added that one injury to Connor’s buttocks had damaged his spine and must have required “considerable or severe” force.

Dr Kolar said that on February 14 surgery was carried out at the John Radcliffe Hospital to try to reduce the swelling of Connor’s brain caused by blood loss.

But this was not enough to save his life and he was pronounced dead the next day.

Dr Kolar said Connor suffered stab wounds to his arm, chest, abdomen, back, buttocks and leg.

He also said there was a 9cm wound right through Connor’s left arm which was “compatible with a defensive type action”.

Bradley Townsend, of Field Assarts, Witney, described driving Blencowe to Stratford-upon-Avon after the stabbing.

The 19-year-old said he received a call from Blencowe’s co-defendant, Bradley Jones at around 11.30pm on February 13 asking for his help.

Mr Townsend said he drove to Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, where he and his 18-year-old brother Declan met Blencowe and his other co-defendant, Grant Clemens.

He said: “Will asked if I could give him a lift to a hotel as he had nowhere to stay.

“It was quite late and I didn’t really want to go and I said I couldn’t. But he asked me quite a few times and eventually I gave in.”

On his way back Mr Townsend said he was pulled over by police, who said Blencowe was wanted for attempted murder.

After lying about seeing him, Townsend came clean after talking to his mother.

Jones, 21, of New Road, Bledington, and Clemens, 23, of Stockwells, Moreton-in-Marsh, both deny perverting the course of justice.

The trial continues.

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