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Ten in court over cadet killing

Joseph Lappin
Joseph Lappin was stabbed in the heart

Ten people have appeared in court via videolink accused of the murder of a teenage army cadet in Liverpool.

Joseph Lappin, 16, was stabbed in the heart after being chased near the Shrewsbury House Youth Club in the Everton area in October 2008.

His friend Callum Naden, 17, was also stabbed but survived the attack.

Six men and four boys made their first appearance at Liverpool Crown Court on Friday charged with murder and attempted murder.

Remanded in custody

The six men charged, all from the Vauxhall area, are: Colin Cain, 20, of Barmouth Way; Anthony Smith, 22, of Heriot Street; Anthony Preston, 21, of Eldonian Way; Colin Yell, 21, of Snowdon Lane; John McDonald, 21, of Wilcock Close and Thomas Riding, 18, of Houlgrave Road.

The co-accused are two boys aged 16 and two aged 17, who cannot be named.

Joseph and Callum had been waiting for a lift home when they were attacked.

All 10 were remanded in custody until a hearing on 30 September, when they are expected to enter pleas.

The cadet, a member of the Liverpool Scottish Regiment, received a fatal knife wound and Callum was stabbed twice.



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