Former girlfriend of teen allegedly involved in Le Geyt attack gives evidence

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THE ex-girlfriend of a teenager allegedly involved in an attack which saw an 18-year-old stabbed and left for dead told her ‘it got bad’ and that ‘two of the boys had knives’, the Royal Court heard.

Three teenagers are on trial over the assault at Le Geyt estate in St Saviour, in which the victim was stabbed more than 20 times.

Alex Diogo Franca De Jesus (19) is accused of attempted murder while two teenagers, who cannot be named, are accused of grave and criminal assault and affray. They all deny the charges.

Another man, 18-year-old Jayden Howard, has already admitted attempted murder and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place and is not involved in the trial.

Speaking from behind a screen, the girl said that she had spoken to her then-boyfriend, who is one of the two unnamed teenagers, by video call at 8.35pm on 9 January last year, shortly before the attack took place.

She said: ‘He said he was going to help a friend. He said there would be four of them, including him.

‘I told him not to go.

‘I had the idea in my head that there was going to be a fight. I didn’t want him to get involved.’

She said she had spoken to him again later that night, at around 10.30pm.

Of that conversation, she told the court: ‘He looked very panicked.

‘He said it had got bad. He said two of the boys had knives and stabbed [the victim].’

The following day, she added, they had spoken by video call again. She said: ‘He said he had stayed off work because of a panic attack.’

Also giving evidence yesterday was forensic medical examiner Dr James Newton, who examined the other unnamed teenager shortly after the attack and found reddening and bruising on his hands and one foot.

He said these markings could have been caused by ‘blunt force trauma’, as from a punch or kick.

The court also heard from the police officer who was first on the scene on the night of the attack, after the victim called 999.

He described how he had found the victim lying in bushes near the bike sheds.

‘His condition was bad, I could tell by the way he was lying,’ he said. ‘His complexion was grey. I could tell he was seriously injured.’

The officer said he found no injuries on the victim’s chest so rolled him onto his front to examine his back.

‘He had multiple stab wounds. Part of a blade at the bottom of his spine was still there,’ he said.

The trial also heard from a resident in the estate who had gone outside for a cigarette at around 10pm and had seen two figures running along Le Geyt Road towards St Saviour’s Hill.

He said: ‘There was some shouting that the police were coming. It was a male voice.’

Advocate Rebecca Morley-Kirk, defending, asked: ‘Is it possible that the voice you heard was a police officer shouting?’

The resident replied: ‘I think that’s quite unlikely.’

The trial, which is due to last until the end of next week, continues.

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