THE man who fatally stabbed Connor Tremble will argue he was suffering from a mental condition and acting in self defence, a jury was told today.
This morning in Oxford Crown Court prosecution barrister Richard Barton outlined the defences to murder which have been put forward by William Blencowe.
The barrister said there is no dispute that the 21-year-old defendant caused Connor's death during an incident at the teenager's flat in Fairacres Road, Oxford, on February 13 this year.
But Mr Barton said Blencowe, of Oxford Road, Banbury, denies the crime and claims he had "diminished responsibility" because he was suffering from a mental condition, so can't be held responsible for killing the 17-year-old.
The prosecutor told the jury members they will have to decide if this is true or if really it was "a planned murderous act, in which he remained in control throughout".
Bradley Jones, 21, of New Road, Bledington, and Grant Clemens, 23, of Stockwells, Moreton-in-Marsh, are also on trial and both deny perverting the course of justice.
The trial continues.
- Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? We are running a service covering this trial as well as our normal News and Sport services. Text CONNOR or NEWS or SPORT or a combination of all three depending on which services you want, plus 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
8:04am Thursday 26th March 2015
TEN people have now been arrested by police following this morning's raids targeting slavery in the city.
9:00am Thursday 26th March 2015
MILLIONS in extra funding is needed to cope with the rising problem of child sex exploitation across Oxfordshire.
8:00pm Thursday 26th March 2015
A FORMER Oxford schoolgirl has won the Best Young Fiction category at the Waterstone's Children’s Book Prze awards.
6:34pm Thursday 26th March 2015
A 58-year-old woman has been jailed after causing the death of a pensioner by dangerous driving.
6:33pm Thursday 26th March 2015
A FIRE that blazed through trees and wasteland between Yarnton and the Peartree Interchange has been put out.
5:37pm Thursday 26th March 2015
SERVICEMEN, veterans, family and friends joined members of the Carterton community this afternoon to pay their respects at the repatriation of Private Jamie Lee Sawyer this afternoon.