Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Teenager Accused of Murder Cleared Due to 'Insufficient Evidence'

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Teenager Accused of Murder Cleared Due to 'Insufficient Evidence'

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A MAN accused of murdering Joe O'Brien was cleared after a judge said there was 'insufficient evidence' - as another accused of murder was quizzed about his movements on the night of the fatality.

Darius Evans, 18, from Failsworth, had been charged with Mr O'Brien's murder, as well as offences of wounding with intent, Section 20 wounding and having an article with a blade or point.

But following a submission from Mr Evans' legal team after the prosecution closed its case, Judge Andrew Menary QC ruled that there was 'insufficient evidence' for him to be found guilty.

The jury foreman was directed to return not guilty verdicts.

Judge Menary told the jury: "I have come to the conclusion that there is insufficient evidence of participation by him [Mr Evans] directly, or in a capacity as someone who is encouraging the violent activity that took place."

I have conclusion insufficient participation Judge Andrew " The judge added that there was 'insuffcient evidence to allow you as a reasonable jury to reach a sure conclusion that he is guilty of any of the offences on this indictment.' .

The court has heard that Mr O'Brien, 24, died after being stabbed during a mass brawl on Oldham Road in Failsworth in the early hours of April 21. Another man was also stabbed during the fracas.

Prosecutors allege 21-year-old Momodou Jallow and 22-year-old Daniel Kamara are jointly responsible, but say it was Mr Jallow who actually stabbed both men.

The trial continues, with Mr Jallow, of Ashley Lane, Moston, and Mr Kamara, of Beswick Drive, Failsworth, denying the same offences Mr Evans had been charged with.

After two weeks of prosecution evidence being heard at Liverpool Crown Court, the defence began with the evidence of Mr Kamara.

to the there is evidence' of by him Menary He said he and some friends had been at a barbecue at his home, before they decided to go to the 409 club on Oldham Road in Failsworth. …

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