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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Blood-splattered scene pictures of Barrow man's stabbing shown in court

HORRIFIC photographs displaying a blood-splattered crime scene have been shown to a court.

The jury in the trial of Jamie Armstrong was yesterday taken through the crime scene by forensic scientist Penelope Griffiths.

The eight women and four men are into the seventh day of evidence at Carlisle Crown Court.

Mrs Griffiths explained how she had examined blood-spattered evidence found at the semi-detached house in Etterby Lea Road, Stanwix, Carlisle, where the body of 23-year-old Luke Hollingsworth, from Barrow, was discovered in July.

Mrs Griffiths discussed the different types of blood spatter, ranging from the “passive drops” which had fallen from someone bleeding, to the streaks and spatters across walls which were “cast off”.

Photographs showed the disrupted kitchen and blood stains on the key in the back door and on the kitchen blind cords.

The court heard how there is no argument that the blood on the window blinds and back door key belongs to 21-year-old Armstrong.

Elsewhere in the kitchen were two blood-stained towels.

“There was a green towel, which was extremely stained with blood on both sides,” Mrs Griffiths explained. “The DNA profile was a full match to Jamie Armstrong.”

The majority of the blood spatter evidence focused around the bathroom, where Mr Hollingsworth’s girlfriend had discovered him dead with Armstrong face down beside him.

Mrs Griffiths spent several hours explaining who each set of blood could belong to.

She particularly focused on the wall beside the toilet and the back of the toilet door, where there was a large “contact blood stain.”

The court hear that this blood belonged to Mr Hollingsworth.

The deceased’s mother Jill Hollingsworth is well known in Barrow as the former landlady of the Furness Railway in Abbey Road, where he also worked for a time.

He grew up in the town and still has relatives and friends living locally who he visited regularly.

Armstrong denies murder. The trial continues.

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