Newbiggin Hall stabbing teen jailed for life for murder of mother’s new boyfriend

High on drink and drugs, a teenager stabbed his mother’s new boyfriend to death because he didn’t like their relationship, a court heard.

Liam Burke has been jailed for life for the murder of Simon Ramel, who he attacked on the street in front of terrified family members and neighbours on the Newbiggin Hall Estate, in Newcastle.

Burke, who was 15 at the time but is now 17, had taken a dislike to Mr Ramel, who was his mother’s new boyfriend, and the pair had argued at his house on Eastgarth on October 24 last year.

A court heard that, having left the home and then been refused entry back in, furious Burke, who had been drinking and smoking cannabis, went to friend Richard Prigmore’s house nearby and armed himself with a kitchen knife.

The teenager then returned to his mum’s house where he began to scuffle with Mr Ramel on the street before pulling out the blade and plunging it at least four times into the 45-year-old.

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