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Traumatised teen stormed court dock to 'attack' Danny Gee-Jamieson's killer

Liverpool Echo logo Liverpool Echo 12/02/2019 10:40:31 Neil Docking

An investigation has been launched into how a friend of Danny-Gee Jamieson was able to confront his killer in a court dock.

Owen Cousins, who stabbed 16-year-old Danny to death, was found Teen convicted of killing Danny Gee-Jamieson is named for the first timeyesterday.

Danny was knifed in a Bully told stabbing victim Danny Gee-Jamieson "straightener" would be fair fight with Cousins, 17, of Redwood Road, Gateacre, on parkland called The Nook.

He fled to Belle Vale Road and collapsed on a pavement in a pool of blood, as two "hysterical" friends watched on in horror.

One traumatised pal told police he fought to save Danny's life, taking off his t-shirt and using it as a makeshift tourniquet.

But the knife plunged into Danny's left thigh nearly severed his femoral artery and vein, and he died from massive blood loss

'Boy D' was described as being covered in blood and "freaking out", as his close friend's life slipped away in front of his eyes.

And when giving evidence at Liverpool Crown Court, he exploded with rage and ran at the dock, in an apparent bid to attack the culprit.

a person posing for the camera: Owen Cousins, 17, of Gateacre, found guilty of the manslaughter of Daniel Gee-Jamieson © Merseyside PoliceOwen Cousins, 17, of Gateacre, found guilty of the manslaughter of Daniel Gee-Jamieson

To the shock of everyone present, the dock door was unlocked, meaning he was able to burst through and lunge at Cousins.

The outburst was the culmination of an incredibly tense morning in courtroom 4-2, on the sixth-day of a truly harrowing trial.

Prosecutors earlier revealed that Boy D was refusing to come into court to discuss the tragic events of Tuesday, July 3 last year.

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John McDermott, QC, said: "We're having great difficulty with this witness downstairs, to the extent he is in danger of becoming violent."

A police officer who interviewed Boy D on July 4 explained the reasons for the delay to Judge David Aubrey, QC.

The policewoman said he had been "unenthusiastic" about coming to court, but was accompanied by a very supportive teacher.

a man looking at the camera: Daniel Gee-Jamieson was found by officers on Belle Vale Road in Gateacre at about 9pm on Tuesday and later pronounced dead in hospital © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services LimitedDaniel Gee-Jamieson was found by officers on Belle Vale Road in Gateacre at about 9pm on Tuesday and later pronounced dead in hospital

She said: "He's quite angry still about what's happened. I think his emotions are running high due to the fact it's bringing it all back, having to listen to the evidence."

Boy D was given the chance to watch a video of his interview in a room downstairs, rather than in court at the same time as the jury, to refresh his memory.

But the officer said: "I plugged the laptop in and turned round and he had grabbed the disc off me and snapped it into pieces.

"He has explained now 'I thought it was the only copy, I'm sorry, I wanted to get rid of it, I don't want to see it'."

Bully told stabbing victim Danny Gee-Jamieson "straightener" would be fair fight

The officer said he was willing to give evidence, but revealed: "He got a cup of hot tea and threatened to throw it over me."

She said he had calmed down, but added: "I don't know how he will react on seeing the defendant - that is my only concern."

Boy D had been granted a special measure - a screen or curtain - meaning he would not be able to see his friend's killer.

However, he now said he didn't want it, which Mr McDermott said added to concerns about what could happen when he saw D.

Judge Aubrey issued a witness summons and an agitated Boy D was brought into court, insisting as he sat down: "I'm not shook, I'm not scared, I'm sound."

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Asked by Mr McDermott whether he wanted the screen, he declined and said: "I want to see him. That's the only reason I'm here - to see his face."

Boy D muttered "muppet" when Cousins entered the dock, but gave a thumbs up to the judge and said he would go and watch the video.

Before he returned, jurors watched him telling police he was there as "back-up", in case others jumped in during the supposed "fistfight".

Floral tributes in Belle Vale Road to murdered teen Daniel Gee-Jamieson. © Liverpool EchoFloral tributes in Belle Vale Road to murdered teen Daniel Gee-Jamieson.

Dorian Lovell-Pank, QC, defending, said he would ask Boy D questions on behalf of Cousins. He added: "You can see him, can't you?"

Boy D nodded and snorted in derision, before he was quizzed about a conviction Danny had for possessing a "lock knife" in October 2017.

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The annoyed witness initially denied any knowledge of it, before saying Danny bought a "crappy" small knife from a friend for £5, which he had in a man bag, when "doing a joint".

Clearly irritated by the barrister, he said Danny and him both smoked cannabis and his friend was "nicked when smoking weed".

Boy D then told Mr Lovell-Pank: "Your voice is doing my head in - I feel like smashing your face in."

a vase of flowers on a table: Floral tributes in Belle Vale Road to murdered teen after 'senseless' stabbing of Daniel Gee-Jamieson. Meanwhile, a police cordon remains in place around the nearby park in south Liverpool. © Liverpool EchoFloral tributes in Belle Vale Road to murdered teen after 'senseless' stabbing of Daniel Gee-Jamieson. Meanwhile, a police cordon remains in place around the nearby park in south Liverpool.

His teacher asked him to "calm down", but Boy D leaped out of his seat and raced across the courtroom towards the dock.

He opened the door and tried to get to D, as security officers jumped up to stop him reaching Cousins - who cowered in the opposite corner - then forced him into a backroom.

Cousins' dad hurdled the wooden bar of the public gallery and shouted: "Keep him away from my child."

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Danny's dad jumped up from his seat and yelled back: "You should have kept your son away from my child."

As police and court staff intervened, Judge David Aubrey, QC, ordered jurors to leave the courtroom for their safety.

A slanging match broke out between the two parents, with Danny's dad repeatedly shouting: "Murderer."

a person posing for the camera: Mandy Jamieson holding a photograph of her son Daniel Gee-Jamieson, who was stabbed to death (Pic Andrew Teebay). © LIVERPOOL ECHOMandy Jamieson holding a photograph of her son Daniel Gee-Jamieson, who was stabbed to death (Pic Andrew Teebay).

Judge Aubrey later told jurors: "Inevitably in a place such as this, it can be highly charged and emotions can run extremely high."

He said enquiries would be made, adding: "One is why that dock, a door that has a double lock on it, was not locked once or twice."

The trial eventually resumed, after Boy D came back into court and told Judge Aubrey: "Sorry for kicking off mate."

The judge informed jurors he had apologised, before the witness finished giving his evidence, without further incident.

 

He accepted lying to police about his group not having any weapons - conceding he gave his friend Boy C a hammer for protection.

Boy D claimed an unidentified lad came at him but dropped a yellow knife, which he picked up to ward a larger group of youths off.

Police recovered both after Boy C dumped his hammer over a wall and Boy D threw the yellow knife by a tree.

Read every word from the trial HERE

Boy C admitted possessing an offensive weapon, but Boy D was convicted of threatening a person with a bladed article after a trial.

The teen, who said "I wouldn't be here today if I never defended myself and my friends with that knife", insisted Danny did not have a blade.

Daniel Gee-Jamieson who was stabbed to death in Liverpool © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services LimitedDaniel Gee-Jamieson who was stabbed to death in Liverpool

 

Judge Aubrey said HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS), plus security firm GeoAmey, were investigating the dock blunder.

He later explained in the absence of jurors why he decided not to charge Boy D with contempt of court - punishable by up to two years in prison.

The judge said: "The court had contemplated initiating contempt proceedings against the witness. On balance it decided not so to do.

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"The reasons are these: Firstly, the witness was in the middle of giving his evidence, secondly, he apologised to the court, thirdly, he continued to give evidence without any further incident, and, finally, I reminded myself of the fact that he had assisted and was present when his friend lay collapsed and dying."

A GEOAmey spokesman said: "The witness was immediately restrained by dock officers and police officers who were in court at the time and was prevented from reaching the defendant. No one was harmed during the incident.

"An investigation has taken place into why the dock door was unlocked at the time. The dock officers have been spoken to and we are liaising with colleagues from HMCTS to ensure that such an incident does not reoccur."

The ECHO has also approached HMCTS for a comment.

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