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Watford teens plead guilty to manslaughter

 Published on: 20th June 2018   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

A 14 year old boy and a 15 year old boy on Tuesday June 19th pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Berkhamsted teenager Jordan Carter.

Jordan (pictured) who was 18 died from a stab wound to his leg in Westfield Road in the town on the night of Friday February 23 this year.

The two boys from Watford along with a 16 year old girl from Hemel Hempstead appeared at Luton Crown Court for what was expected to be the start of a murder trial

But following lengthy discussion between the prosecution and the defence teams which started on Monday of this week the three teenagers who can’t be named because of their ages, entered pleas to the charges they faced which means there will be no trial.

This afternoon all three pleaded not guilty to the charge of murder.

The youths then entered pleas of guilty to Jordan’s manslaughter while the 16 year old girl pleaded not guilty to the charge

Prosecutor Francis Fitzgibbon QC told the court those pleas were acceptable to the crown

Mr Justice Goose said formal verdicts of not guilty to the murder charge the three had faced should be entered.

The judge said a formal verdict of not guilty concerning the girl’s plea to the manslaughter charge should also be entered.

In addition the girl alone pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiring with the youths to causing Jordan actual bodily harm.

The boys then pleaded guilty to theft of knives on the day of Jordan’s death and having a bladed article.

The girl then admitted an offence of assisting an offender by disposing of a knife following Jordan’s death.

All three teenagers appeared today in custody having been brought to the court from the secure units where they have been held on remand.

Members of Jordan’s family were in court for the hearing along with the families of the three defendants.

Mr Justice Goose told the court that before he could sentence the three he required reports on them which will be compiled by the Youth Offending Team.

The sentencing of the three will take place on July 16.

Before they were led away from the court dock the judge told the teenagers “Between now and then reports are going to be prepared on you. It’s important you help the authors with those reports.

Police were called to Westfield Road in the town on Friday night (23rd February) and found 18 year old Jordan with a stab wound to his leg by a front garden.

Jordan, who lived just a few hundred yards from the spot where he was found, was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 10.15pm.

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