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Twins jailed over knife killing

Philip and Mark Craggs
Philip and Mark Craggs pleaded guilty at Newcastle Crown Court

Twin brothers have been jailed following the murder of a 22-year-old father-to-be from Tyneside.

Paul Gilbert pleaded for his life as he was chased by 25-year-olds Philip and Mark Craggs through Newcastle's East End in February and then stabbed.

Earlier at Newcastle Crown Court, Philip Craggs admitted murder and his twin pleaded guilty to affray.

Philip was jailed for life and told he must serve a minimum of 15 years. His brother was jailed for 21 months.

Mr Gilbert suffered multiple organ failure and died 15 days after the attack.

The court heard how he was killed after he bumped into Philip Craggs, of Emily Street, Walker, Newcastle, while he was drunk.

I hope the family and friends of Mr Gilbert will see that justice has been done
Det Ch Insp Steve Barron

He was chased and stabbed, despite apologising to the brothers as he fled along Welbeck Road.

Mark Craggs of Eastgarth, Newbiggin Hall Estate, Newcastle, joined the pursuit, but told the court he was unaware his brother was carrying a knife, or that he had stabbed Mr Gilbert.

Mr Gilbert's son was born in August, and named after his father by girlfriend Lindsey Neil.

Philip Craggs said he was carrying a knife because he was fearful after he was stabbed 22 times and lost an eye in a street attack in October 2006, the court heard.

However, Judge David Hodson told him: "I regard the unlawful carrying of the knife in a public place as a particularly significant aggravating factor."

Speaking after the case, Det Ch Insp Steve Barron, said: "I hope the family and friends of Mr Gilbert will see that justice has been done."


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