Stabbing accused denies Carlisle man's murder

Joseph Howard
Image caption Mr Howard died in hospital after being stabbed on a Carlisle housing estate

A man has denied stabbing a 34-year-old to death on a Carlisle housing estate.

Joseph Howard, 34, known as Downie, died after being found with a stab wound at a house in Balfour Road on 16 January.

Desmond Young, 39, denied his murder when he appeared at Carlisle Crown Court and was remanded until 8 June.

Katie Humphreys, 20, and a youth, aged 17, accused of helping Mr Young, were bailed until the same date.

Mr Young, of Balfour Road, Raffles, Carlisle, also denied attempting to wound Levi Howard on the same day as the killing, with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

He also pleaded not guilty to perverting the course of justice by allegedly disposing of a knife.

Ms Humphreys, of Balfour Road, Carlisle, did not enter a plea to the charge of perverting the course of justice and was granted unconditional bail.

The 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is also accused of assisting an offender by driving away from the scene.

He was bailed on condition that he stays out of Carlisle.

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