‘I killed Andrew’ – Washington knife murder accused

STABBED TO DEATH ... Andrew Lucas.

STABBED TO DEATH ... Andrew Lucas.

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A MAN on trial for the murder of Andrew Lucas has admitted he carried out the killing.

A MAN on trial for the murder of Andrew Lucas has admitted he carried out the killing.

Mark Spalding had denied he was the attacker who left 20-year-old Andrew dying in a pool of blood after plunging a knife into his leg, severing a major artery.

But on the fifth day of his trial at Newcastle Crown Court, the 45-year-old, of Kestrel Close, Ayton, Washington, pleaded guilty to a charge of manslaughter.

Spalding continues to deny murder and the trial on that charge continues.

The court heard after his arrest, Spalding tried to pin the blame for the fatal blow on his pal Paul Mallin.

He said he saw Mallin, 35, punching Andrew and then saw blood.

Prosecutor Nicholas Lumley QC said: “He said he did not see any knife until he saw the knife in Mr Mallin’s hand as he caught up with him after the incident.”

When Mallin was interviewed by detectives he told them: “I saw Mark stab him in the leg.”

Spalding and Mallin, of Dunstanburgh Close, Washington, both deny murder.

Prosecutors claim both men were armed with knives when they went out looking for Mr Lucas in the early hours of Saturday, November 3, last year.

The court heard the pair were looking for revenge after Mr Lucas stole Spalding’s mobile phone in a street mugging 20 minutes earlier.

Mr Lucas was cornered on the landing of flats in Oxclose, Washington, where the fatal wound was inflicted.

Mr Lumley told jurors: “Andrew’s crime was to have mugged Mark Spalding of his mobile telephone 20 minutes earlier. For that he paid the ultimate price.

“Andrew was no angel but nothing excuses what these two men then did.

“We say, acting together and armed with knives, they went out for revenge.

“Andrew was unarmed and outnumbered in the minutes before he died.”

The court heard Spalding had got the phone just a few days before.

Mr Lumley added: “We suggest Mr Spalding then hitched a plan to get his friend to help take revenge on whoever it was who had the nerve to steal from him.

“Together, armed with knives, they were intent on finding and punishing that person.”

The trial continues.