Washington teenager Jordan Cooper was stabbed to death as he watched TV

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TEENAGER Jordan Cooper was knifed to death by his uncle as he sat watching TV with his grandmother, a court heard.

After a row over a mobile phone, the 14-year-old suffered nine separate knife wounds at the hands of Alan Cooper, brother of Jordan’s mum, in the ferocious attack in Washington.

A murder trial at Newcastle Crown Court heard Jordan had been talking to his girlfriend on the telephone while watching TV in his grandmother’s bed when the stabbing started.

Grandmother Susan Smith, who was next to Jordan when her son pounced, tried to protect the schoolboy before making a desperate 999 call.

In a transcript of the call, which was read to jurors yesterday, Mrs Smith told the operator: “Please, please help, my son is stabbing my grandson.”

As Mrs Smith provides the address, the home all three of them shared, Cooper can be heard in the background saying: “I will kill you”.

As the call continues Mrs Smith said: “Please Alan, Alan don’t. Save him, what you done? He’s only a bairn. Jesus Christ.”

Prosecutor Christopher Knox said Jordan’s girlfriend heard what was going on down the phone.

On the first day of the trial, Cooper, said to have attacked Jordan’s dad and his own girlfriend with knives in the past, admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility, but denies murder.

Jurors must decide if the 32-year-old was suffering from an abnormality in his mental function, something prosecutors reject.

Mr Knox told jurors trouble started in the house at Newriggs, late on February 28 after Jordan, who lived with his grandmother and uncle despite having a good relationship with his mum, used his uncle’s phone then gave him it back without logging off the Internet.

Cooper had teased his nephew, saying he was going to send fake messages to Jordan’s girlfriend using the handset.

This led to a furious, late-night row, which got Mrs Smith up out of bed.

In a bid to calm the troubles she sent Jordan to sit in her bedroom, where he took a call from his girlfriend on his own phone, and his grandmother went and lay next to him.

In a statement just hours after the killing, Mrs Smith said: “Alan came into the room.

“At first I didn’t see the knife he was carrying. He didn’t speak but almost growled at Jordan.

“He was over him as if to hit him then started stabbing him in the chest.

“I screamed and Jordan screamed. Jordan and I got out of bed.

“Jordan was backing away from Alan. As Jordan was backing away he was shouting ‘Alan, Alan’ and was screaming.

“Alan wasn’t saying anything. I’m not sure how but we all ended up outside my room.

“By this time I had rang 999 and I was screaming ‘my son is killing my grandson’, I was hysterical.

“I could see Jordan lying on his back. Alan was stood over him, crouching down, continuing to stab him.”

The court heard Cooper then ordered him mum to get towels which he used to try and stop Jordan’s bleeding.

The police and paramedics were at the door within just a few minutes of the emergency call being made but it was too late for Jordan to be saved.

In a later statement Mrs Smith told police how she had tried to protect Jordan, who she said “gave her reason to get up every morning”, when she realised her son was armed with a knife.

Cooper refused to answer questions put to him by detectives after his arrest.

But he said in a voluntary statement: “Police told me I have been arrested for the murder of my nephew Jordan.

“I can remember arguing with Jordan over a mobile phone.

“I remember being downstairs.

“The next thing I remember was asking my mam for towels as Jordan was bleeding.

“I can’t remember anything in between.”