Connor Tremble stabbing: Victim 'murdered by girlfriend's jealous ex'

Connor Tremble Image copyright Thames Valley Police
Image caption Connor Tremble died in hospital on 15 February

A boy was stabbed to death by his girlfriend's jealous former partner, a court has heard.

Connor Tremble, 17, from Oxford, was stabbed on Fairacres Road in the city on 13 February. He died in hospital two days later when his life support machine was switched off.

William Blencowe, 21, of Oxford Road in Banbury, denies murder.

Two other men are also on trial at Oxford Crown Court in connection with Connor's death.

'Obsession with knives'

The teenager was found with stab wounds to his chest, hands and legs in the social housing flat he was living in.

Opening trial proceedings, the prosecution described Mr Blencowe as a "troubled young man" who was jealous of Connor's relationship with his ex-girlfriend.

The court heard the accused had an "obsession with knives".

Jurors were told Mr Blencowe tracked down Connor, attacked him at his flat and fled the scene.

Prosecutors claim he then met two friends, Grant Clemens, 24, of Stockwells, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, and Bradley Jones, 21, of Chipping Norton, who gave him clothing and helped him travel to Stratford-upon-Avon.

The court heard how police investigators searched a room at a guesthouse, where they found a spot of blood matching Connor's DNA on a hand towel.

Mr Clemens and Mr Jones both deny perverting the course of justice.

The trial continues.

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