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Thursday, 02 July 2015

Barrow man's stabbing - murder accused has "tantrum" over missing cash, trial told

CUMBRIA murder accused Jamie Armstrong flipped and erupted into a “tantrum” while in police custody after hearing his cash had gone missing, his trial heard.

Luke Hollingsworth.

Police said there was a “dramatic reaction” like “a switch” being flicked after he had earlier being “calm about his whole situation”.

Officers had been with him at the Carlisle’s Cumberland Infirmary while he was in custody after the fatal stabbing of Barrow man Luke Hollingsworth. Armstrong had been found injured at the scene.

The city’s crown court heard that Armstrong asked for his mother to be contacted so she could bring items to hospital.

Detective Constable Mark Singleton said before this he had been “fine”.

“He’d been very, very calm about the whole situation,” DC Singleton told the court. “In my view coping remarkably well with it all.”

He was given information from his mum, assuming police had recovered some money of his.

“This had a dramatic effect,” added DC Singleton. “It was like a switch being flicked. He went into what I could describe as a tantrum.

“He became emotional and was crying.

“During the emotional outburst I started to record what he said.

“He states: That is one thing that makes me boil, when someone takes my money.

“I asked him to calm down. The amount requested from his mum was £100.

“I said: Look, it’s only £100, why make all this carry on.

“He stated it was a lot more than that and the police have no right to take it. He stated he would not answer any questions until he knew where his money was.”

He later started to calm down, the court heard.”

Mr Hollingsworth was discovered dead in his home in Etterby Lea Road, in Stanwix, Carlisle, on July 10 last year after suffering multiple stab wounds.

Armstrong, 21, of Warwick Road, Carlisle, denies killing him – claiming that the pair were attacked by men demanding money and drugs.

He is on trial accused of murder. The trial continues.


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