Twelve-year-old Ava White pleaded 'don't leave me' to her friends as she lay lying on the ground after being stabbed in the neck, a court has heard
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Schoolgirl Ava White begged friends ‘don’t leave me’ as 12-year-old was lying on the ground after being stabbed, court hears

  • Ava White, 12, was stabbed in the neck in Liverpool city centre last year by a boy 
  • The defendant admits the stabbing on November 25 but says it was self-defence
  • Ava’s friend said a group of boys were filming them when an argument broke out 
  • The schoolgirl pleaded ‘don’t leave me’ to her friends as she lay dying on ground

Twelve-year-old Ava White pleaded ‘don’t leave me’ to her friends as she lay dying on the ground after being stabbed in the neck, a court has heard.

The jury in the trial of a 14-year-old boy accused of Ava’s murder heard more pre-recorded evidence today from friends who were with the schoolgirl in Liverpool city centre on November 25 when the stabbing happened.

A 15-year-old girl told police in an interview she thought the defendant had punched Ava in the neck so she ran after him, before returning to see Ava lying on the floor.

She said: ‘I remember her saying to us “don’t leave me”. That’s the last words I heard out of her mouth.’

Twelve-year-old Ava White pleaded 'don't leave me' to her friends as she lay lying on the ground after being stabbed in the neck, a court has heard

 Twelve-year-old Ava White pleaded ‘don’t leave me’ to her friends as she lay lying on the ground after being stabbed in the neck, a court has heard

She said the friends had been in the city centre when they noticed the defendant with three other boys filming Ava and asked them to delete the videos.

The witness claimed she had argued with the defendant.

She said: ‘He was going ‘you scruff, you scruff’ and calling me a s**g and all that.’

Nick Johnson QC, defending, told Liverpool Crown Court the boy said that was not true.

The girl said the group of four boys had walked away but then the defendant shouted back to them ‘look at the state of youse’ and Ava ‘flipped’.

She said: ‘Obviously Ava was already angry and she wasn’t going to sit there and let a boy speak to her like that.’

The court heard police went to the home address of the defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, at 9.10pm, just over half an hour after Ava was stabbed.

Friends and relatives carry Ava's coffin, decorated with pictures of her and her family, at her funeral in Liverpool on November 25

Friends and relatives carry Ava’s coffin, decorated with pictures of her and her family, at her funeral in Liverpool on November 25

Police conduct a search near the scene in Liverpool city centre where 12-year-old Ava White died following an assault last year

Police conduct a search near the scene in Liverpool city centre where 12-year-old Ava White died following an assault last year

In a statement, Pc Michael Eccleston said his mother answered the door and rang the youth but he refused to tell police where he was and hung up after speaking to Pc Eccleston’s colleague.

Pc Eccleston said the defendant was arrested after he was seen walking down a street at about 10.30pm.

He said the boy attempted to get away from a police vehicle by sprinting past him but he blocked the boy’s path with his body.

Home Office pathologist Dr Jonathan Medcalf said Ava died as a result of the stab wound to her neck, which was approximately five to six centimetres long and damaged her windpipe and jugular vein, causing catastrophic bleeding.

He said he believed a moderate degree of force was used.

Ava died last November after an altercation outside Primark where a gang of boys filmed her without her consent

Ava died last November after an altercation outside Primark where a gang of boys filmed her without her consent 

He added: ‘I can’t say it was severe but I can’t say it was gentle. I don’t think it was mild force, for example.’

The court heard the blade of the knife measured seven and a half centimetres from tip to hilt.

The defendant denies murder and an alternative charge of manslaughter.

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