The judge in the Steven Willis murder trial today warned the public gallery they would hear “very distressing” evidence as statements from neighbours were read out.

There was crying in court as those living near John Pickering’s home on Meadowcroft Road, Normanby, described attempts to save Mr Willis’ life on April 16.

John Pickering shouted “come on son” as a neighbour gave CPR, a statement from Paul Hughes described.

Paramedics arrived but eventually decided to concentrate on others with injuries as “he has gone”, jurors heard.

Here’s a summary of the statements heard so far at Teesside Crown Court on Tuesday.

‘Topless’

Neighbour Stephen Appleyard said his wife told him something was happening and it was “getting worse” at about 10.30pm on April 16.

He saw a crowd of people in the front garden of John Pickering’s home.

He saw John Pickering topless and holding his right side running towards a red car.

Incident happened on Skippers Lane in Normanby
Police activity on the night Steven Willis died (Image: Terry Blackburn)

The garden was full of people.

He said he remembered his wife said someone was beating another man with a pole or machete.

‘He’s been stabbed’

Mr Hughes awoke to commotion, scuffling and footsteps.

He clearly heard a voice shouting: “Hit him. ****ing do him.”

He saw a lad walking across the front of his house as his wife rang 999.

The lad had a sword or a big pole, about 2 to 2.5ft long, in his right hand and walked casually with it.

Then he heard: “He’s been stabbed.”

‘I’m dying. I’m dying’

Mr Hughes went outside to help and saw two lads on the wall at John Pickering’s bungalow.

The first was bare-chested with a T-shirt wrapped him and saying: “I’m dying. I’m dying.”

Mr Hughes called an ambulance at about 10.30pm, explaining one person had been stabbed and another was collapsed on the floor receiving CPR from a female neighbour.

Police in the Skippers Lane area
Police on Meadowcroft Road (Image: Terry Blackburn)

John Pickering was blowing on the man who had collapsed but was advised to stop, the court heard.

Witness statements are continuing at Teesside Crown Court. You can follow live updates here.

Dominic Pickering, 23, of Grinkle Avenue, Park End; his brother Mark Pickering, 32, of Greenham Close, Thorntree; Jack Cross, 21, of Olney Walk, Park End; Jahmal Weaver, 22, of Rounton Green, Berwick Hills; and Kieran Ibitson, 21, of Beresford Crescent, Thorntree all deny murder and manslaughter.

Proceeding

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