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Boy who murdered Army cadet Joseph Lappin had Asbo

James Moore
James Moore showed very little emotion through the hearing

A teenager who fatally stabbed an Army cadet had an Asbo for terrorising his neighbours, a court has been told.

Joseph Lappin, 16, was stabbed to death outside an Everton youth club in October 2008.

His killer, 17-year-old James Moore, of Silvester Street, Vauxhall, was one of a gang of 10 who attacked him. They were armed with batons and bottles.

Justice Henriques at Liverpool Crown Court is considering the evidence in the case before sentencing.

Moore, who admitted murder two weeks ago, had been given an anti-social behaviour order in 2007 but had "repeatedly" breached it.

Neil Flewitt QC, prosecuting, told the court Moore's reign of terror saw him smash car windows with golf balls and abuse people in the street.

It was sheer chance that those three young men...should find themselves in the way of an angry mob
Neil Flewitt QC, prosecuting

The prosecutor added it was a "striking feature" of the case that Moore had not been sent to jail and remained at liberty to kill "innocent" Joseph, who had unwittingly found himself caught up in local gang rivalry.

Moore showed little emotion as he sat through the hearing.

Joseph and friends Callum Naden and Greg Harold, both 17, had gone to the club to see a band perform.

They were confronted by Moore and his gang, who were looking for revenge after an earlier fight between their associates and rivals.

'Getting shivved'

Mr Flewitt said: "It was sheer chance that those three young men, who had absolutely nothing to do with the earlier incident, should find themselves in the way of an angry mob."

The prosecutor described how the gang had their faces covered and were armed with an array of weapons, including Moore's 4in (10cm) knife.

They chased the three boys around the youth club building until they caught them at the front entrance.

"A few of the gang moved towards the boys. James Moore then said, 'It's going down lads', stepped further forward and stabbed Joseph Lappin."

Joseph Lappin
Joseph Lappin was with friends when he was attacked

Mr Flewitt said as Moore killed the young army cadet, he said: "What's it like getting shivved?"

Shivved, the barrister explained, is slang for stabbed. Moore, however, has disputed the allegation he asked that question before knifing him.

Joseph's parents sobbed as the hearing was told how the knife went through his ribs and into his heart.

Callum was stabbed but survived the attack.

Michael Shorrock QC, defending, told the court Moore had written a "short letter of apology" to the families of his victims.

He will be sentenced for murder along with the other nine defendants who have previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm.

The other nine are: Colin Yell, 24, of Snowdon Lane; Colin Cain, 21, of Barmouth Way; Anthony Preston, 21, of Eldonian Way; Anthony Smith, 22, of Heriot Street; John McDonald, 22, of Wilcock Close; Thomas Riding, 19, of Houlgrave Road; Anthony Greenwood, of Lockfields View; Shaun Doyle, 17, of St Albans Court; and 16-year-old Francis Jordan, of Burlington Street, all Liverpool.

The hearing is due to resume on Tuesday when the defendants' sentences are expected.



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