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Boy was stabbed 15 times as he lay in bed, court told

By West Briton  |  Posted: December 05, 2013

A REDRUTH teenager has described the moment he lay in bed while his attacker stood over him and smiled before stabbing him 15 times.

The 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found in a pool of blood by his mother after being stabbed eight times in the back and seven in the left arm.

Aaron Odgers, 25, of Southgate Street, went on trial on Monday at Truro Crown Court accused of attempted murder and of wounding the boy's mother with intent to do her grievous bodily harm.

Phillip Lee, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said Odgers went to the boy's Redruth home on June 23 in the early hours where he found the mother asleep on the sofa.

The teenager was asleep in his bed upstairs.

Mr Lee said: "[The mother] heard someone in her kitchen. It turned out to be this defendant."

Odgers came into the living room and asked the mother if he could go upstairs to use the toilet, and she soon heard her son screaming and a thud.

Mr Lee said: "She saw the defendant descend the stairs holding a large kitchen knife. As he approached her, he thrust the knife in her face."

Odgers then thrust the knife towards her again and left the house. The mother suffered cuts to her cheek and to her left upper arm. She went upstairs, found her son and called 999.

The boy was rushed to hospital with multiple stab wounds, a punctured and collapsed lung and significant internal bleeding.

He was interviewed by police five days later and the video of that interview was played in court.

"All I remember is waking up and seeing Aaron Odgers standing next to my bed and he appeared to be smiling and he had a knife," said the teenager. "He just started stabbing me and I remember I screamed quite a bit. I was in a lot of pain."

Mr Lee said Odgers was arrested by police at 2.34am – an hour after the mother dialled 999 – but made no comment when he was interviewed.

His clothes were seized and his jeans were found to have blood on the right rear pocket which matched the DNA of the mother.

Odgers, who denies the offences, faces further alternative charges of inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent on the 16-year-old and unlawful wounding of the mother.

Ramsay Quaife, for the defence, put it to the mother that she had stabbed her son.

He said: "Aaron Odgers did not stab [your son] did he? Aaron Odgers did not stab you did he? Is the truth that you stabbed your son? Is the truth that you stabbed yourself?"

She denied this.

Mr Quaife asked the teenager similar questions. He said: "The reason you did not tell the police the truth was because you did not want to get your mother in trouble."

The boy answered: "You are suggesting my mother stabbed me and I am lying and saying that she didn't. It's just not at all the truth. No, she would never do that to me."

The trial continues.

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