Man 'stabbed in a fit of jealousy'

Connor Tremble

Connor Tremble

First published in Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter. Call me on (01865) 425373

CONNOR Tremble was fatally stabbed by his girlfriend’s jealous ex-partner who was obsessed with knives, a jury was told.

Will Blencowe is accused of causing the 17-year-old’s death in a “vicious attack” after taking a taxi to his flat in Fairacres Road, Iffley Fields, on February 13 this year.

Richard Barton, prosecuting in Oxford Crown Court yesterday, said the 21-year-old planned his crime and then conspired with two friends to try to escape justice.

He told the jury that according to his ex-girlfriend, Blencowe, who denies murder, owned a machete and a switchblade and used to pose for pictures with his weapons.

Opening the case, Mr Barton said the defendant did not even know his alleged victim and had to ask a mutual friend where he lived.

He said: “This case concerns how a troubled young man had wholly unwarranted feelings of jealousy and resentment towards his former girlfriend’s new partner.

“And these feelings led him, after some planning on his part, to track down and stab to death that young man.

“And after he fatally wounded the young man he fled the scene in what was in effect an attempt to avoid detection.

“During that evening he met up with two close friends who knowingly assisted him to avoid detection and prosecution for that vicious attack.”

The barrister said the first witness to give evidence in the trial will be Aimee Harrison, the woman who was going out with Tremble after her relationship with Blencowe ended. 
Mr Barton said: “She will say that Will Blencowe displayed a short temper, that he was jealous of anyone who showed an interest in her.
“She will tell you that she found his behaviour towards her a great strain on their relationship.
“She was aware that Will Blencowe carried and regularly posed with a range of knives. To her he seemed obsessed with these weapons.”
Mr Barton said Blencowe told Miss Harrison she should “just tell (Connor) to run” if he saw him coming.
And the barrister added that on the afternoon of February 13, Blencowe, who the court heard suffers from mental health problems, said to his key worker Karen Yearde he would soon be “dead or in jail”.
He then left the Banbury Response Project where he lived in Oxford Road, Banbury, and travelled to Fairacres Road, Oxford, first by train and then by taxi.
Mr Barton said that in a “terrible coincidence” the front door of Connor’s flat had just been painted and he had been told to leave it open to dry.
The prosecutor said no one witnessed what happened inside at around 6.30pm, but the teenager’s flatmate Kyle Martin heard him screaming.

Oxford Mail:

The flat where the stabbing took place
He then found Connor on the carpet bleeding and repeating “I’m dying”, with injuries suggesting “the frenzied, repeated use of a knife”, Mr Barton said.
Blencowe’s co-defendants are accused of helping him dispose of the clothes he was wearing which, along with the alleged murder weapon, have never been found.
Bradley Jones, 21, of New Road, Bledington, and Grant Clemens, 23, of Stockwells, Moreton-in-Marsh, are also alleged to have helped him get a lift to Stratford-upon-Thames, where he was arrested on February 14.
They both deny perverting the course of justice.
Mr Barton said that when he was told by police he was being arrested on suspicion of attempted murder Blencowe repeated “attempted murder” and giggled.
Connor died of his injuries in hospital on February 15.
The trial continues.

Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone’s contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed


Our top stories

14 minutes to drive just a mile in Oxford - where are the worst congestion hotspots on our interactive map?

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Thursday 28th May 2015

MOTORISTS travelling into Oxford took a staggering 14 minutes to complete one mile on the Botley Road last year.

Botley Road once again rammed as drivers face further delays

Oxford Mail: botley rd alert

6:30pm Thursday 28th May 2015

DRIVERS on Botley Road are once again facing long delays heading in to the city tonight.

First female nomination for Vice-Chancellor at Oxford University

Oxford Mail:

3:56pm Thursday 28th May 2015

THE FIRST female Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University has been nominated by committee members and could take up her post next January.

Pensioner in hospital with serious injuries after Landrover crash in Banbury

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

3:30pm Thursday 28th May 2015

A WOMAN is still in hospital three days after being in a collision with a Landrover Discovery in Banbury, police said.

Two people from Wantage to appear in court after 18-year-old attacked

Oxford Mail: oxford magistrates court

3:23pm Thursday 28th May 2015

TWO people from Wantage are set to go to court after a teenager was assaulted, police said.

Car stolen after keys taken from house in Wantage

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

2:41pm Thursday 28th May 2015

A CAR was stolen after a burglary in Wantage, police said.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree