Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

How My Brother Died in My Arms; HE DIED IN MY ARMS: Brother Tells the Court of Victim's Last Moments

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

How My Brother Died in My Arms; HE DIED IN MY ARMS: Brother Tells the Court of Victim's Last Moments

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Byline: GARETH LIGHTFOOT

A TEENAGER has told a murder trial jury of the moments he saw his older brother die in his arms after an alleged knife attack.

Richard "Smurf" Charlton, 18, described how his brother Ian, 19, was fatally stabbed to the heart in a Teesside garden.

He said: "His colour changed in his face straight away. I grabbed hold of my brother, put my arms around him.

"I carried him out of the gate and laid him down. He was dead by Turn to Page 5 From Page One that point. "After I laid my brother down on the floor, I've shut his eyes and obviously there was an audience. "So I've just run off screaming, 'He's killed my brother.' Ran all the way to my mam's house." He told how he said to knifeman Jonathon Charlton, 22, who is not related to him though he regarded him as a cousin: "You've killed my brother." Giving evidence at Teesside Crown Court yesterday, Richard said Jonathon pulled a knife outside a house on Caldicot Close, Grangetown.

He said he and Ian repeatedly told him to put the knife down and tried to disarmhim on the night ofMay 29 last year. He told jurors: "He started shouting he was going to bray me and that. He was going to kill me. I was going to get it. "I said, 'If you're going to hit me, hit me.' I walked towards him. He's pulled a knife out on me so I've stepped back, scared. He flipped it open. He came towards me with it, swung for me with it."He said Ian ran over, "we all started fighting in the garden", and Ian rugby-tackled Jonathon. Jonathon stabbed Ian in the side, grabbed him in a headlock and put the knife to his throat, he told jurors. He said: "We were trying to get the knife and he was swinging the knife all over the place. He was trying to swing the knife at us so we've hit him. "He was smacking us and we were smacking him." He told the court Ian and Jonathon rolled on the ground, he tried to split them up and said: "Leave him alone. It doesn't have to be like this." He added: "My brother was on top trying to get the knife off Jonno. …

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