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Three teenagers posed with horror knives just days before stabbing a shopper for his Gucci bag, a murder trial has heard.

Kyle Raisis, 18, Ethan Strickland, 19, and Joseph Jeremy, 17, were snapped in photos holding huge blades including machetes.

The images shown to the murder trial jury were taken just days before they allegedly attacked innocent shopper Ryan O’Connor, 26, for his Italian-designed ‘manbag.’

The gang were in a stolen Ford Fiesta when two men allegedly jumped from the car and attacked Mr O’Connor with large knives in Newport, Gwent.

Victim Mr O’Connor – a popular character known as Apple on his estate – suffered a wound to the heart and died within minutes.

Three teenagers posed with horror knives just days before stabbing a shopper for his Gucci bag, a murder trial has heard. Pictured: Kyle Raisis

Three teenagers posed with horror knives just days before stabbing a shopper for his Gucci bag, a murder trial has heard. Pictured: Kyle Raisis

Three teenagers posed with horror knives just days before stabbing a shopper for his Gucci bag, a murder trial has heard. Pictured: Kyle Raisis

A court heard Raisis, Strickland and Jeremy were joined by Lewis Aquilina, 20, Elliot Fiteni, 19, to carry out the fatal stabbing.

In his police interview, Fiteni said Aquilina and Jeremy carried out the killing in June last year.

Prosecutor Michael Brady QC said: ‘Fiteni said Jeremy was laughing and said ‘I have yinged him’ while holding the knife in his hand.

‘He said he pulled over and refused to drive any further so Aquilina took over. He also claimed Aquilina and Jeremy shouted ‘We have got his Gucci bag’.’

The images shown to the murder trial jury were taken just days before they allegedly attacked innocent shopper Ryan O'Connor, 26, for his Italian-designed 'manbag. Pictured: Joseph Jeremy

The images shown to the murder trial jury were taken just days before they allegedly attacked innocent shopper Ryan O'Connor, 26, for his Italian-designed 'manbag. Pictured: Joseph Jeremy

The gang were in a stolen Ford Fiesta when two men allegedly jumped from the car and attacked him with large knives. Pictured: Joseph Jeremy

The gang were in a stolen Ford Fiesta when two men allegedly jumped from the car and attacked him with large knives. Pictured: Joseph Jeremy

The images shown to the murder trial jury were taken just days before they allegedly attacked innocent shopper Ryan O’Connor, 26, for his Italian-designed ‘manbag. Pictured: Joseph Jeremy

The jury were shown police body cam footage of the arrests along with dash cam footage of the police chase. Above: Ethan Strickland, 19

The jury were shown police body cam footage of the arrests along with dash cam footage of the police chase. Above: Ethan Strickland, 19

The jury were shown police body cam footage of the arrests along with dash cam footage of the police chase. Above: Ethan Strickland, 19

Mr Brady said the five had travelled from Cardiff to Newport ‘when on seeing Mr O’Connor wearing a Gucci manbag, decided to rob him.’

The court heard witnesses reported the car to police and the Fiesta was involved in a high speed pursuit later that day and stopped by a stinger.

The photos of Raisis, Strickland and Jeremy holding knives were taking at Strickland’s home days before the attack.

They were also captured in Snapchat videos as they brandished blades.

Criminal records for Jeremy, Fiteni and Raisis were made known to the jury – and included a schoolboy stabbing, a knifepoint robbery and possession of a samurai sword.

Aquilina, 20, Fiteni, 19, Raisis, 18, Strickland, 19, and Jeremy, 17, all of Cardiff, all deny murder, manslaughter and robbery.

The jury were shown police body cam footage of the arrests along with dash cam footage of the police chase.

The trial continues. 

Victim Mr O'Connor - a popular character known as Apple on his estate - suffered a wound to the heart and died within minutes

Victim Mr O'Connor - a popular character known as Apple on his estate - suffered a wound to the heart and died within minutes

Victim Mr O’Connor – a popular character known as Apple on his estate – suffered a wound to the heart and died within minutes

Source: Daily Mail

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