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Manchester Evening News
Manchester Evening News
Andrew Bardsley

Teenager guilty of murder after stabbing dad-to-be Charlie Elms in the back

A teenager has been found guilty of murder after a dad-to-be was stabbed to death in the street.

Charlie Elms, 25, was knifed by a 17-year-old boy after a 'petty and meaningless feud' erupted in Oldham.

Mr Elms was chased down by the teenager and stabbed once to the back.

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Mr Elms had been part of a group which arrived outside a house in Limeside and confronted people in a house.

Shortly after, the teenager chased Mr Elms and another man down the street.

Prosecutors said the pair were 'running for their lives' after the four others who had arrived with them were leaving in a car.

Mr Elms lost his footing and the teenager, who was armed with a knife, stabbed him once to the back.

He was able to run on for a short distance, before collapsing.

Members of the public found him and raised the alarm, but paramedics were not able to save him.

After his death Mr Elm's girlfriend issued a moving tribute, describing him as a 'caring and loving person' and the 'life and soul of the party'.

"He was always the loudest and happiest person in the room," she said.

"Charlie was thrilled to become a dad for the first time to his unborn son, Archie Charlie Elms.


"He will be missed by absolutely everyone who knew him but I am so grateful that his memory and the memories that we shared together will live on through our son."

The murder was the culmination of a 'petty and meaningless feud', jurors at Manchester Crown Court were told.

Mr Elms and the defendant were in rival groups which had formed after a drunken row escalated into a wider feud.

Two men, both partners of members of the defendant's family, had previously been friends but had fallen out.

The pair had been drinking together with their partners before one was asked to leave.

Jurors were told of alleged tit-for-tat incidents involving the rival groups.

It was claimed that in the weeks before the murder, some windows had been smashed and a woman had been attacked, and that later the defendant and two other men went to the same woman's house and kicked her door, shouting for her partner.

At about 5pm on May 26 Mr Elms and five other men arrived outside a house on Fifth Avenue in Limeside.

Mr Elms was armed with a machete and others also had weapons.

A car on the drive was smashed up, and a bottle of beer was thrown from someone at the house towards the group.

The defendant then started chasing Mr Elms and another man, who had been stranded after other members of their group had left in a Vauxhall Corsa which they arrived in.

Prosecutors alleged it was a murder committed in revenge, while members of the gang were retreating.

"The defendant had no need to stab Charlie Elms," prosecutor Lisa Wilding QC said.

"He did so out of anger and revenge, and that, we say, is murder.

"He was the aggressor, he hunted down his prey and in one swift and savage blow, brought him down."

The teenager's barrister said the defendant was acting in self defence in response to a 'terrifying' attack.

Now he faces a life sentence after being convicted of murder.

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