A court heard that a guy accused of killing schoolgirl Ava White acted with “callous disdain” after her stabbing.
On November 25, 2021, Ava White, 12, was stabbed to death in Liverpool.
After a fight over a Snapchat video, a 14-year-old, who denies murder and manslaughter, claims he accidently stabbed Ava in self-defense.
However, following the stabbing, the kid snapped pictures, ate crumpets, and played a computer game, according to Liverpool Crown Court.
The prosecutor, Charlotte Newell, QC, stated in her concluding remarks that the defendant refused to concede that he knew he had stabbed Ava as he fled the scene, abandoning his knife and coat.
“Otherwise, it would reveal his callous disdain for Ava, taking pictures, eating crumpets, and playing Call Of Duty knowing he had stabbed her,” she explained.
The jury was shown CCTV evidence of the youngster and his companions walking into a supermarket after the stabbing and buying butter for crumpets, while he styled his hair for a photo.
“Knowing he stabbed her, his behavior is of someone who is, at best, absolutely nonchalant, at worst, somewhat pleased with himself, as if he feels large,” Ms Newell continued.
She instructed jurors to assess whether the defendant stabbed Ava intentionally or accidently, and if it was in self-defense.
“His age is not a defense, he is not a child in arms, he understands right from wrong,” Ms Newell added.
She went on to say that the youngster was “capable of deciding to carry a knife” and “capable of lying about it.”
Ava had been “having the time of her life with her pals” one hour before she died, according to Ms Newell.
Nick Johnson QC, the boy’s lawyer, characterized him as a “scared child” who was in “a lot of difficulty” when he lied to police.
According to Mr Johnson, Ava was part of a group of roughly 12 youngsters who shared vodka on the night of her death.
He displayed surveillance footage of two of her pals allegedly stealing chairs from a company, with one teenager “mouthing off” at an adult who went to recover them.
“We have to look at the group’s behavior, who they are willing to face, and under what conditions they are willing to confront them,” Mr Johnson said.
When Ava realized the defendant and his companions were filming her, he stated she had a “aggressive reaction” and her friends “could not control her.”
Mr Johnson said Ava was the “aggressor” who “intended to hit” the kid, adding that “the evidence can be unsettling.”
He said that Ava’s companions who testified about the stabbing were “just not speaking the truth about what was going on.”
For legal reasons, the 14-year-old youngster cannot be identified. He pled guilty to having an offensive weapon.