Boy claims gang ‘executed’ mum

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A 16-YEAR-OLD boy accused of stabbing his mother to death after losing his temper claims she was ‘executed’ by a gang from Doncaster, a court heard.

The teenager repeatedly attacked Leah Whittle, 42, in the flat they shared in Weymouth, Dorset, the jury was told.

Richard Smith, QC, prosecuting at Winchester Crown Court, told the jury that the teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had an interest in knives and had a temper, but he said the reason for the alleged murder would never be known.

The boy, now 17, denies the killing and said that men came from Doncaster to execute his mother because his brother was in trouble over a drug debt.

He told friends and the police he had seen them attack his mother through a bathroom door and when they left he had bolted the door, taken some money from his mother’s purse and escaped through a window.

Mr Smith told the jury the defendant had spoken to a girlfriend in the hours before his mother was murdered to say she only had a couple of days to live because of the problems over the drug debt.

But Mr Smith alleged he was just “setting a scene for some sort of attack on his mother” and that the teenager had either formed a murderous intent or the bravado of the conversation had spurred him on to commit murder because he was ‘brooding’ over something that had happened between them.

The court heard he went to a friend’s house with his mother’s blood on his face and on his socks. He was described as ‘calm’ when he got there but he maintained he had witnessed the attack.

He told friends he had disposed of a knife near the flat but no weapon was ever found.

Unemployed Ms Whittle had moved to Dorset after living in South Yorkshire until her marriage broke down. The court heard that her relationship with her son was often ‘less than harmonious’. The trial is due to last 12 days.