Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Court Hears Woman Was Murdered on Busy Street

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Court Hears Woman Was Murdered on Busy Street

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Byline: Rob Kennedy Court Reporter

AWOMAN was murdered "in cold blood" in a broad daylight knife attack as children made their way home from school, a court heard.

Jodie Wilkinson was walking along Newcastle's Stanhope Street with friends when an altercation with strangers blew up "out of nothing".

One of the men possibly made a racist remark. Then David Waterston allegedly approached Jodie, 27, who was "on the periphery" of the disorder, from behind and stabbed her before knifing a man she was with.

The wound to Jodie's abdomen caused massive internal bleeding and despite efforts to save her, she died from her injuries.

Waterston, 42, denies murdering Jodie. Sharif Kalimba, with Jodie's group, is also on trial at Newcastle Crown Court accused of violent disorder, a charge a number of other men from the other group admitted.

Prosecutor Nick Dry told jurors: "What we say the evidence will show is that both of these men played their part in an episode of violent disorder which unfolded without warning in daylight on a busy city street as children were turning out from school. "The incident sparked by that exchange between Darryn Jordan and Kalimba, who despite the efforts of his friends refused to desist.

"But worse, much worse than that, we the prosecution say, the evidence will show that one of those recruited by George Stewart, Waterston, went much further, arming himself with a knife which he used to deadly effect, stabbing, killing, murdering Jodie Wilkinson without warning and in cold blood, before then turning the knife on Dale Welsh who was fortunate not to suffer the same fate.

"An attack he had planned, arming himself and using his local knowledge, aware his route would bring him out at a point near to where he had previously seen Jodie's group on Stanhope Street, determined they would not escape for a second time.

"Cutting them off, approaching his victims from behind .... giving them no chance to defend themselves."

The court heard CCTV on the afternoon of Monday, October 17 2016 shows the moments leading up to the alleged double stabbing and the aftermath, while witnesses also saw what happened. …

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