A MAN accused of supplying the knife used to kill Nissan worker David Charlton has been cleared of murder.
Paul Carr was found not guilty by a jury of both murder and the lesser charge of manslaughter, on the direction of trial judge John Milford QC.
Judge Milford made the decision after an application by Carr’s legal team at the end of the prosecution case.
The judge told jurors: “I am satisfied in this particular case, that there is no evidence upon which you could properly find Carr is guilty of murder or manslaughter.”
At the same hearing, Carr, of Hudson Street, South Shields, pleaded guilty to a charge of assisting an offender by attempting to hide the knife used by Keith Honeyman in the killing.
The 31-year-old, who denied murder during the trial, will be sentenced later, alongside Keith Honeyman, of Alice Street, South Shields.
Honeyman, 20, pleaded guilty to Mr Charlton’s murder during an earlier hearing.
Mr Charlton was stabbed eight times during a confrontation in South Shields and pronounced dead at hospital in the early hours of December 22 last year.
A 16-year-old, who cannot be named, denies murder.