The alleged killer of 12-year-old Ava White texted his mum saying he was “gonna end up going the cells for nothing”, a court has heard.
Ava was fatally stabbed in the neck after a run-in with a 14-year-old boy in Liverpool city centre. Boy A, from South Liverpool, cannot be named for legal reasons.
He denies murder and manslaughter. It is alleged, by prosecutors, that Boy A stabbed Ava after she pushed him during an argument over him filming a video of her that he posted on Snapchat.
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During the trial at Liverpool Crown Court, the jury heard how Boy A smirked, laughed and ran away, leaving the 12-year-old to die, then began a “cover up” by discarding his flick knife, designer coat and mobile phone.
The jury was told that Boy A accepts responsibility for fatally injuring Ava on November 25 last year, but he argues that the acted in self-defence. During the second day of the trial, CCTV footage of the stabbing in School Lane, near The Bluecoat, off Church Alley, at around 8.35pm was shown.
Later, the jury was shown a series of clips that showed Boy A and one of his friends, Boy B, also 14, running away from the scene and heading out of the city centre. Boy A ditched the knife near some derelict houses and put his designer coat in a blue bag in a wheelie bin.
The court was told that police didn’t recover the knife until March 16, after Boy A told officers where to find it. DNA matching Ava was found on the blade.
Boy A’s two other friends, Boy C, 16, and Boy D, 13, headed to the same area on the edge of the city centre, where they split up. Boy D was later arrested at a bus stop on Great George Street, reports the Liverpool Echo.
Footage was played in the court that showed three other boys entering a Go Local Shop on Parliament Street at about 9pm. Boy A was shown using his phone in the store.
Charlotte Newell, QC, prosecuting, said around 15 minutes later, a series of texts were exchanged between Boy A and his mum. Police had gone to her home and she had called her son, but he hung up.
Here are the messages read out in court today. They have been redacted for legal reasons and to censor expletives.
Boy A: “Why”
Boy A: “The f***”
Boy A: “Do they want me”
Mum: “Someone has been stabbed in town and I’ve been named that u was there x”
Boy A: “What”
Boy A: “So that means I will have to go the cells”
Boy A: “WTF”
Boy A: “Cos they will have to interview”
Mum: “If you don’t come home you will get the blame”
Boy A: “Me and everything”
Boy A: “What so I go the cells”
Mum: “No not really x just come home x”
Boy A: “Ye I will go the cells”
Boy A: “F***en el”
Boy A: “Not going the cells for stn I haven’t done”
Mum: “So you need to get here speak to them tell me were you are and they will get you to bring you home cos if you proof you wasn’t in town then”
Boy A then sent his mum a photo. Ms Newell said it showed a large TV in a domestic address.
Boy A: “Playing the game me show them they can speak to me here I will show them proof here”
Mum: “Can they come to Boy C’s flat to speak to you x”
Boy A: “No”
Boy A: “Mum”
Boy A: “Watch if you send them here”
Boy A: “Half 10 I will be home okay”
Boy A: “No actually”
Boy A: “I’m not there, I’m going to go missing”
Boy A: “Gonna end”
Boy A: “Up going the cells for nothing”
Mum: “You won’t be getting locked up if you wasn’t there then you need your mates to be here so you need to speak to [name redacted] and [name redacted] and Boy D’s mum for them to be your aliby that I want in town tonight and I’ve been in Boy C’s all night have you got any pics or screenshots at around 8 o’clock that you were in Boy C’s”
Mum: “Hello x answer me son x”
Mum: “Will you talk to me please?”
Boy A: “I’m not coming home”
Boy A: “Not going the cells”
Mum: “Why will you go to the cells if you wasn’t there only want to speak to you x”
Mum: “Stop panicking x”
Mum: “It wasn’t you and if you go missing that makes you look guilty x”
Mum: “Just come home and sort it please x”
Boy A: “No cos I’m not going the cells”
Mum: “They only want to ask you question if you know anything about it x
Boy A: “Mum I know the way they have raided Boy C’s [relative’s] so me and Boy C are getting nicked”
Boy A: “I’m not going the f***ing cells”
Ms Newell said 15 minutes later, at 10.16pm, Ava White was pronounced dead at hospital. Boy A was arrested in Toxteth at 10.31pm.