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Two stabbings hit family in a night.

Byline: By Paul McMIllan

A court has heard how a father was declared dead on arrival at hospital with knife wounds just 15 minutes after his son had been admitted for treatment after being stabbed.

Lawrence Steel, 44, was admitted to Gateshead's Queen Elizabeth Hospital at 7.48pm on January 20 with multiple stab wounds.

His son, Craig, 23, had been taken to the same casualty department at 7.33pm and was already receiving treatment for four stab wounds to his chest and back.

At Newcastle Crown Court, Tony Hedley, 23, of Charlotte Close, Elswick, Newcastle, denies murder and wounding with intent.

A jury heard statements by prosecutor Graham Hyland QC from paramedics, doctors and police called to deal with Lawrence Steel.

Ambulance paramedic Thomas Vasey was called to Ryhope Gardens, Wrekenton, after a call that Lawrence Steel had been stabbed.

He stated that a "hysterical" crowd had gathered around Mr Steel and the decision was taken to give treatment inside the ambulance.

A policeman who had been called also performed chest compressions during the short journey to the hospital.

Neil Halford, a consultant in the QE casualty department was on duty when Lawrence Steel arrived.

In a statement he said: "Paramedics were performing cardiac compressions on Mr Steel and, from his general condition, he was obviously dead on arrival at the resuscitation room.

"Myself and my team worked on Mr Lawrence Steel until 7.55pm but it was very obvious he was dead."

It is alleged that earlier in the evening, Craig Steel had been followed out of the Wrekendyke pub on the Springwell estate by Hedley after a bar-room row and was stabbed near his home in Aycliffe Crescent.

It is then said, after Craig Steel had rang a friend to say he had been stabbed, Lawrence Steel left the Wrekendyke and was also attacked.

Toby Hedworth, defending, asked witnesses from the pub if Craig Steel had been more aggressive and if he had head-butted and punched Hedley, also known as Bud, before asking him outside for a fight. Mr Hedworth asked Tony Chambers, a friend of the Steels: "Do you accept you told the police Bud did not want to fight back? Bud appeared scared and nervous and did not want to go out for a fight?"

Mr Chambers replied: "I said that, yes."

The trial continues.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 27, 2006
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