Murder victim 'emotional and depressed' about dad's death when he was fatally stabbed

A murder victim was "emotional and depressed" because of the anniversary of their dad's death on the last day his sister saw him alive, a court heard.

Daryl Fowler was stabbed during a violent row and died exactly three years after his dad, jurors have been told.
Daryl Fowler was stabbed during a violent row and died exactly three years after his dad, jurors have been told.

Daryl Fowler was stabbed during a violent row and died exactly three years after his dad, jurors have been told.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the 28-year-old and his girlfriend Coreena Jamieson had gone to the home of Emma Brown on September 11 last year and got into a violent argument with her and her partner Lee Wall.

Prosecutors claim during the violence, at Leam Lane in Gateshead, Wall stabbed Mr Fowler in the abdomen twice.

Mr Fowler, who was living with his grandmother in South Shields at the time, had emergency treatment at the scene and in hospital but died in the early hours of the following day.

Wall, 43, of no fixed address, denies murder is being tried by a jury.

Jurors have heard a statement from Mr Fowler's sister Jessica Fowler, who last saw him on September 11.

She said: "He seemed quite emotional and depressed as September 12 is the anniversary of my dad's death.

"Daryl was drinking a can of Fosters and I told him to make sure he behaved himself.

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Miss Fowler added: "Daryl had been staying with my nana.

"Later on, when Coronation Street was on, I got a phone call from my nana. Nana said she had received a call from Coreena and Coreena had told her Daryl had been stabbed and it wasn't looking good.

"My nana said Coreena had said two lads had done it.

"I ran down to where it had happened. Everything was taped off. Daryl was in the ambulance.

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"Coreena was in the street, distraught and clinging on to me but she didn't say anything."

Jurors have heard a post mortem revealed Mr Fowler had suffered two stab wounds.

One caused damage to his bowel and pancreas and the other damaged his aorta, a main artery in the body, which ultimately caused cardiac arrest.

Wall claims he lashed out, "not having had an opportunity to stop and think" in self defence when Mr Fowler had him in a headlock.

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He claims he had taken the knife from Mr Fowler, who was armed with it first.

The trial continues.

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