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Teenager cleared over fatal stabbing of man at party

Published 28/11/2016

David Savage died in the incident in September 2015
David Savage died in the incident in September 2015

A teenager accused of stabbing a man to death after sleeping with his partner at a party has been cleared of all charges.

Callum Hackett, 18, had denied murdering David Savage, 42, outside the older man's house in Gosforth, Newcastle.

Then aged 17, Hackett had been asked into the party and went to bed with Mr Savage's long-term partner Donna Hawthorn.

It was alleged he had left the party but when he returned to fetch his gloves, violence broke out, and he was then said to have come back a second time armed with a knife.

But the jury at Newcastle Crown Court found him not guilty of murder and a charge of manslaughter.

The trial had been told that he blamed another person for striking the lethal blows during the incident in September 2015.

As the verdicts were read out, Hackett collapsed in the dock and family members in the public gallery burst into tears.

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