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Colchester murder trial: Jury hears school reports that branded the accused teenager a "thug"

Police searching parts of Colchester in 2014 Credit: ITV News Anglia

A jury has been told how a teenager, who killed two strangers in Colchester, turned from a quiet and well-behaved six-year-old to a high school thug who was violent to fellow pupils.

Guildford Crown Court also heard the 17-year-old, who's too young to be named, claimed he heard voices urging him to kill his own parents.

He's admitted manslaughter but is on trial for the murder of James Attfield and Nahid Almanea, which he denies.

Click below to hear the latest from our correspondent Matthew Hudson at Guildford Crown Court...


Man left with puncture wounds after being attacked with a screwdriver

A man has been left with puncture wounds to his head and back after being assaulted with what's thought to be a screwdriver in Essex.

The assault happened outside a house in Avignon Close, Colchester just before 6pm yesterday (Thursday April 14).

The victim, a 52-year-old man was taken to hospital with puncture wounds that are not believed to be life threatening.

The suspect ran off towards Mountbatten Drive after the incident and is described as white, aged around 40-years-old with brown scruffy hair and was wearing a blue T shirt and Khaki trousers.

Court hears teenager accused of Colchester murders was suffering from psychosis

Nahid Almanea and James Attfield were killed by the 15-year-old boy in Colchester in 2014 Credit: Essex Police

A court has been hearing how a teenage boy, accused of murdering two people in Colchester, had psychosis and autism.

Speaking at Guilford Crown Court, consultant forensic psychiatrist Dr Simon Hill said the 17-year-old does not have the intelligence to deceive.

The teenager said he went into a rage as he attacked James Attfield. Three months later in June 2014 he killed student Nahid Almanea.

He admits manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility but denies murder. The case continues.


Trial re-starts in Colchester stabbings case

The two victims Nahid Almanea and James Attfield were stabbed to death in 2014. Credit: Essex Police

The trial of a teenager accused of murdering a man and a woman in Colchester has been re-started after a juror was discharged.

The original court case opened on Monday afternoon.

James Attfield, 33, and Nahid Almanea, 31, were stabbed dozens of times in two incidents in March 2014 and in June 2014.

The 17-year-old boy, who is too young to be named, has admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility but denies murder.

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