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Man stabbed to death protecting his niece

A WARRINGTON man was stabbed to death at a North Wales holiday camp after trying to protect his niece, a court was told yesterday.

A WARRINGTON man was stabbed to death at a North Wales holiday camp after trying to protect his niece, a court was told yesterday.

Printer Gary Webb, 31, of Orford, Warrington, went to Winkups Holiday Park, Towyn, near Rhyl, for just one night to see friends and family.

But he ended up being cornered between two caravans and stabbed four times. He died a short time later, a jury at Mold Crown Court heard.

Robin Spencer QC, prosecuting, alleged that as defendant John Thompson fled from the scene he literally ran into camp chief security officer Derek Swindells, and stabbed him as well. Mr Swindells lost a great deal of blood and could very easily have died, it was claimed.

Thompson, 23, of Woodchurch Road, Old Swan, Liverpool, denies murdering Mr Webb and attempting to murder Mr Swindells on Saturday, June 30, last year.

It is claimed Thompson left a thumb print with Mr Webb's blood on it on a shower head, and Mr Swindells' blood was found on his trainers, although they had been washed.

Thompson had also left his mobile telephone at the scene of the attacks, it was claimed.

Mr Spencer alleged Thompson and his brother were both out looking for trouble that night.

"The prosecution says the defendant and his younger brother had been causing trouble and Gary Webb, the man who died, chased them," said Mr Spencer.

Mr Spencer said Thompson had been a nuisance to Gary Webb's niece, Kelly, and he had intervened on her behalf.

There was some violence in which Mr Webb appeared to have the upper hand when he was fighting Thompson's 18-yearold brother David.

"The prosecution say the defendant returned to his caravan and armed himself with a sheath knife," said Mr Spencer.

"He then found Gary Webb, who by now had finished fighting with brother David. The defendant cornered Gary Webb between two caravans and stabbed him four times."

He said Mr Webb collapsed nearby and died from massive blood loss. As Thompson ran away, he quite literally ran into Mr Swindells.

Mr Spencer said Thompson grappled with Mr Swindells, and stabbed him four times , including a deep wound to his left arm which resulted in massive blood loss.

Within an hour armed police surrounded caravan 720 to which Thompson and his brother had returned.

Both men came out of the caravan, said Mr Spencer.

The knife which the prosecution said was the murder weapon was in a kitchen drawer in the caravan. It had been washed clean of any blood and was still wet.

The track suit top and trousers which Thompson had been wearing earlier had also been washed.

Thompson refused to comment when interviewed by police.

Mr Spencer said that earlier in the night Thompson and his brother had been refused entry into a club at the camp and it was alleged David had shouted abuse at security staff.

At that stage, Thompson apologised to door staff and said his brother was only young and did not know any better.

Then, said Mr Spencer, Thompson told a doorman: "You cannot touch my kid brother, you will have to go through me.

"You can take me around the back and kick my head in but nobody touches my brother."

Mr Spencer alleged Mr Webb intervened on behalf of his niece when Thompson had grabbed her by the waist and said he wanted to marry her, have sex and go to bed with her.

In a statement read to the jury, Cathy Clarke told how her fiance Mr Webb had said he loved her and their son before he died.

Ms Clarke, a doctor's receptionist, said she told him she loved him too.

But Mr Webb was bleeding heavily and lost consciousness. A short time later she was told that he had died.

Ms Clarke heard Mr Webb shout he had been stabbed and found him on the ground.

"He was lying on the floor clutching his stomach. His clothes were heavily blood stained and he was bleeding heavily," she said.

The trial continues...SUPL:


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