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Thursday, 02 October 2014

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Murder victim from Barrow tried to hold door closed against attacker

MURDER victim Luke Hollingsworth from Barrow tried to hold the bathroom door closed against his attacker shortly before he died from multiple stab wounds a court has heard.

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found dead Luke Hollingsworth, from Barrow SUBMITTED BY FAMILY

A jury at Carlisle Crown Court has also heard that a fingerprint in his blood was left at the scene by Jamie Armstrong, who denies murdering the 23-year-old pub worker from Barrow.

Mr Hollingsworth was found dead in his Etterby Lea Road home, in the Stanwix area of Carlisle, on July 10 last year.

As the trial entered its eighth day yesterday statements – which were not disputed by either the defence or prosecution teams – were read to the eight women and four men of the jury.

In addition to the fingerprint and DNA evidence, the admissions included details of items which were seized during police searches – including cash and drugs.

Prosecution barrister Kim Whittlestone said that the location of Mr Hollingsworth’s fingerprints would have made it awkward for him to be opening the bathroom door and added: “It is consistent with the left hand holding the door shut.”

The court heard that no traces of DNA evidence from Armstrong were found on knives which were examined at the scene but a fingerprint from Mr Hollingsworth was found on one of the blades.

The court heard police also found Mr Hoillingsworth’s mobile phone on the bed as well as 26.18g of cannabis underneath it. Ms Whittlestone added that under one of the bedroom floorboards at the Etterby Lea Road address police found three bags of cannabis – each weighing 26.25g, 26.78g and 26.67g – which were wrapped in a sandwich bag. The trial continues.

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