Stanley News killing: Teenager stabbed shop worker

Mahesh Wickramasingha
Image caption Mahesh Wickramasingha was stabbed while working at Stanley News in Huyton

A teenage gambling addict stabbed a shop worker to death on Merseyside, Liverpool Crown Court heard.

Sam Harrison, 19, of Salerno Drive, Huyton, denied murder but admitted the manslaughter of 30-year-old Mahesh Wickramasingha.

The father-of-two suffered fatal stab wounds in the throat while working at Stanley News in Huyton on 29 November.

Mr Wickramasingha was originally from Sri Lanka and had come to the UK to support his family.

The jury was shown CCTV images of the incident, which lasted eight seconds.

Mr Harrison accepts he carried out the attack but claimed it was a robbery that went wrong. He maintains he only meant to frighten his victim, and forgot he was carrying a knife.

The prosecution says he was a gambling addict who had lost more than £2,000 on gaming machines on the night of the attempted robbery.

The case continues.

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