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Ava White, 12, stabbed ‘out of the blue’ by boy with ‘cheeky smile’, trial hears

A friend of Ava White said the schoolgirl was stabbed “out of the blue” by a boy with a “cheeky smile”.

Pre-recorded evidence from the friend was played at Liverpool Crown Court on the third day of the trial of a 14-year-old boy accused of murdering Ava, 12, in Liverpool city centre on November 25 last year.

The 16-year-old, who was with Ava and other friends on the night, described a “disagreement” with the defendant and his three friends after they were seen filming the group.

She said: “Ava got a bit angry and was just saying, ‘Delete the video. You’ve got my face on there. I don’t want to be posted anywhere’.”

The witness, who cannot be named for legal reasons, described Ava and the defendant arguing.

She wasn't really an argumentative person, she just didn't really like random people saying stuff to her

Ava White's friend

She said: “He pushed her. She went to retaliate. He backed away.

“Just out of the blue he’s lifted his arm up and caught her in the neck.

“We thought at first he’d punched her. Then he started running.

“At first she stood there. Then she went pale. She started saying, ‘Ow. Ow’.

“She was screaming, ‘Ow’, and she pulled her coat down and we could see all the blood.

“We walked by Primark and she collapsed on the floor.”

Ava White was not happy about being filmed by the group, the court was told (Merseyside Police/PA) (PA Media)

The friend said the defendant, who appeared in court via video link, had a “cheeky smile”.

She told the court she saw him pull something from his waistband.

“He brought it up to Ava’s neck,” she said.

“It was dead fast.”

The teenager said the boy and his friends called Ava a “muppet” before the confrontation.

She added: “She wasn’t really an argumentative person, she just didn’t really like random people saying stuff to her.”

The court also heard evidence from an 11-year-old boy who said he saw Ava after she had been hurt.

He said: “I just heard her scream so I ran over. She was breathing heavily.

“She collapsed on the corner.”

The defendant denies murder and an alternative charge of manslaughter.