In a harrowing case that has gripped the community of Darlaston, two teenagers find themselves on trial for the alleged murder of 18-year-old Jack Norton, also known as Jack Lowe. The incident occurred on December 7, 2022, and has stunned residents and legal experts.
We will delve into the details of the case, shedding light on the events that preceded the tragic stabbing, the celebrations that followed, and the ongoing legal proceedings.
Brandon Price, 19, and an unnamed 16-year-old youth, due to legal restrictions, stand accused of both murder and possession of a bladed article. The trial at Wolverhampton Crown Court is expected to span over two weeks, during which the prosecution and the defense will present their respective cases.
The prosecution, led by Rachel Brand KC, has asserted that while Brandon Price was the one who physically stabbed Jack Norton, his co-defendant played a role in egging him on. The fateful encounter occurred after Jack and his two female friends spent the day shopping in Walsall and Birmingham.
The defendants initially approached the group, expressing a desire to “hang out.” However, the situation escalated as the 16-year-old defendant began behaving in a threatening manner, alleging that Jack had harmed a member of his family in the past.
As tensions escalated, the group settled on a bench in an area known as Cookie Park at approximately 21:00 GMT. Jack, concerned about the threats, attempted to leave the scene. It was at this moment that Brandon Price, seemingly without provocation, swung his arm in a sideways motion and stabbed Jack Norton in the chest.
What makes this case particularly disturbing is the alleged reaction of the accused immediately following the stabbing. Witnesses claim that as soon as the teenager was stabbed, Brandon Price began jumping up and down, displaying what could only be described as excitement.
Accused Teenagers Stabbing Celebration and Self-Defense Debate
During the court proceedings, it was revealed that the two defendants hastily left from the park, displaying signs of amusement. One of them was overheard exclaiming, “you didn’t think we’d [expletive] do it, we’ve done it, we’ve done it.”
CCTV footage and audio recordings captured the accused celebrating what had transpired. Rachel Brand KC, the prosecutor, says, “When you listen to that audio track, you can tell that these two defendants were celebrating what they had done. They were whooping with excitement.”
The defense’s strategy appears to revolve around a claim of self-defense, citing a penetrating stab wound sustained by Brandon Price. However, the prosecution vehemently contests this narrative.
Rachel Brand KC accused Brandon Price of “lying” and alleged that he had communicated with his co-defendant in custody, instructing him to change his story. She asserted, “There was no question of self-defense here. Jack Norton had done nothing. People telling the truth don’t need to tell each other what to say.”