Alleged murderer claimed Angel “deserved to die”

Teesside Crown Court

Teesside Crown Court

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The trial of a teenager accused of murdering a former friend in Scarborough’s Foreshore Road began at Teesside Crown Court today (August 27).

The 17-year-old - who can not be named for legal reasons - stands charged with the murder of Michael Graham (19), known affectionately by his friends and family as ‘Angel’.

This afternoon the trial got underway, with judge Simon Bourne-Arton QC, hearing how the victim was stabbed 12 times during a brawl in Foreshore Road, near the Olympia Leisure arcades, on April 13 of this year.

Graham died following the fight at around 11.30pm and Tim Roberts QC, prosecuting, said he believed the defendant, who was 16 at the time, had not only planned the attack, but also bragged about being a “murderer” to friends in the days following.

In advance of the attack, he is alleged to have told a girlfriend “that he was heading for a showdown with Michael Graham, that he was prepared to stab him and that Graham deserved to die”, said Mr Roberts.

The jury heard how Graham had been on top of an eighteen-year-old man during the fight, when the defendant stepped forward and repeatedly stabbed him in the back, causing fatal wounds, with a knife purchased earlier that day from the Ancient Warrior store on the seafront.

See Thursday’s Scarborough News for more from the ongoing trial.