THE TEENAGER accused of killing Rugby man Cain Jackson, who died after being stabbed on Halloween, has been remanded in custody until his trial.
Mr Jackson, 24, suffered fatal injuries when he was stabbed during an incident on Meadow Road at around 6pm on Thursday October 31. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Appearing for a preliminary hearing at Warwick Crown Court, the 17-year-old male, who cannot be named because of his age, spoke only to confirm his date of birth and nationality as ‘white British.’
Referring to a 16-year-old male and 21-year-old woman from Rugby – who were both arrested on suspicion of murder and have been bailed while the investigation continues – Judge Andrew Lockhart QC said: “I am very keen that the prosecution work out how many people will be on the indictment.”
Prosecutor Howard Searl explained the case had been listed for the issue of bail to be considered, but in fact there was to be no application for the teenager to be granted bail.
He told Judge Lockhart that a plea and trial preparation hearing was to take place at the court on December 2.
Judge Lockhart responded: “I can’t say whether it will be me, Judge de Bertodano, or a judge of the High Court, or whether it will have to go to another court.”
Adjourning the case and remanding the youth in custody, Judge Lockhart told him: “We will try your case, we think, on April the 20th.
“You must assist [defence barrister] Mr Western in the preparation of your defence statement.”