Seafront murder trial: Teenager texted his girlfriend after stabbing

The text message that was allegedly sent by the defendant to his girlfriend after he allegedly stabbed Michael Graham.
The text message that was allegedly sent by the defendant to his girlfriend after he allegedly stabbed Michael Graham.

The teenager accused of stabbing to death 19-year-old Michael “Angel” Graham in Scarborough is said to have sent a chilling text to his girlfriend after the alleged attack.

During the ongoing trial at Teesside Crown Court, Tim Roberts QC said the 17-year-old defendant – who cannot be named for legal reasons – texted: “Stabbed Angel 12 times. Love you loads. Kiss. Kiss. Kiss.”

The court heard that Mr Graham had been targeted by a “hate club” who all shared a mutual dislike of the victim.

The teenager was mortally wounded 12 times in the back after being stabbed with a flick knife, which had allegedly been bought for the defendant by an older friend earlier that day.

The teenager and seven friends had surrounded Mr Graham and a 17-year-old pal around 11.30pm on Foreshore Road on April 13, the trial was told.

Mr Graham’s friend was also wounded in the knee as he went to his aid during the fatal violence, the jury heard.

Mr Graham and his accused murderer had been friends, but fell out after Mr Graham taunted the younger boy for having a relationship with a 14-year-old girl, it has been alleged.

The accused has told the jury he rounded up his friends that night because he feared he was going to be “hunted down” and “sliced up” by Mr Graham and his pals with knives.

But Tim Roberts QC, prosecuting, said the texts 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 with the older, taller boy anyway.

Mr Roberts said: “Can I suggest that’s why you armed yourself with that vicious knife? To give you the edge?” The accused replied: “For safety.”