Boys deny mur­der out­side le­gion club

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Front Page -

TWO teenagers have de­nied mur­der­ing 18-year-old Ed­die O’Rourke in Run­corn last month.

The de­fen­dants, aged 15 and 17, ap­peared at Ch­ester Crown Court on Tues­day where they pleaded not guilty be­fore His Hon­our Judge Roger Dut­ton, Hon­orary Recorder Of Ch­ester.

The ac­cused, who can­not be named for le­gal rea­sons, were re­manded back into cus­tody to await trial, to start on March 5 and ex­pected to last three weeks, presided over by a High Court judge.

The older de­fen­dant pleaded not guilty to an ad­di­tional charge of pos­sess­ing an of­fen­sive weapon, namely a knife, in a pub­lic place.

The younger of the two is to en­ter his plea to the same of­fence at a later date.

They were charged with mur­der fol­low­ing an al­ter­ca­tion that is be­lieved to have spilled out­side at the Hal­ton Royal Bri­tish Le­gion so­cial club on Cas­tle Road in Hal­ton Vil­lage, Run­corn, on the evening of Fri­day, Septem­ber 7, where Ed­mund O’Rourke, 18, was se­ri­ously in­jured.

He was taken to hos­pi­tal by am­bu­lance but died from what a pre­vi­ous court ap­pear­ance heard was a stab wound.

At the hear­ing on Tues­day, the main pub­lic seat­ing area in the court­room was nearly full while a sep­a­rate smaller group of mem­bers ● of the pub­lic – two men and two women – sat on the op­po­site seat­ing area across the court­room.

There were sighs and some of those watch­ing wept when the de­fen­dants en­tered their not guilty mur­der pleas.

Nigel Power ap­peared for the pros­e­cu­tion via video link, while Ben­jamin Knight rep­re­sented the 15-year-old and Si­mon Mills spoke on be­half of the older de­fen­dant.

Le­gal sub­mis­sions dates were agreed between the le­gal coun­sel. Both teenagers are from Run­corn. They ap­peared in the dock in ca­sual cloth­ing, one in a jumper, the other a track­suit top.

Ed­die O’Rourke, 18, who was stabbed to death af­ter a party

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