Piper murder trial: Paramedics saw blood running down street

Craig Hepburn, from Linwood, Renfrewshire, who died after being stabbed on Yorkshire holiday.
Craig Hepburn: The murder trial heard the statements from paramedics.

Paramedics found blood running down a village street after a piper had been fatally stabbed.

Scots teenager Craig Hepburn, 19, died and his friend Connor Paton, 18, was injured after they were attacked hours into their visit to West Yorkshire to see Mr Hepburn's uncle.

On Wednesday, the trial of the two men accused of murdering Mr Hepburn - Anthony Driver and Luke Elliott - heard statements read from a number of medics who tried to save his life.

The jury at Leeds Crown Court was told how the first crews on the scene had been waiting a short distance away for a police escort when one of Mr Hepburn's relatives ran up to them and urged them to hurry as the attackers had fled.

A two-person ambulance crew as well as an emergency responder and their clinical supervisor then went to help the seriously injured young man, who was lying in a gutter on a soaking wet road in the village of Marsden. They were joined shortly after by two doctors.

In her statement, paramedic Kathryn Barraclough said: "There was a lot of blood running down the street." Ms Barraclough said it was clear to them they faced a serious situation.

She said Mr Hepburn was unconscious but still breathing. The paramedic said in her statement she cut off his Manchester City football top and was joking to him about his shirt in an attempt to reassure him but she did not know if he could hear her.

She said she struggled to get a pulse and he was clearly dying. Paramedic practitioner Graham Butcher, who was the emergency responder, said he arrived to find "a great deal of blood running down the road".

In his statement, he said he rang his control room to tell the hospital to prepare a trauma team as it was clear Mr Hepburn would die without immediate treatment. The medics also described how they went to a terraced house further up the hill to find Mr Paton lying in blood on the kitchen floor.

They said he had three stab wounds to his back and was given morphine before he was taken to hospital. The jury has heard how both men were taken to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary where Mr Hepburn, who had been stabbed 11 times, died but Mr Paton survived.

The court has heard how the two men, who were visiting from their homes in Linwood, near Paisley, Renfrewshire, went out socialising in Marsden earlier in the evening and Mr Hepburn was playing his bagpipes. They were on their way back to his uncle's house when they were attacked late on Friday July 6 last year.

Anthony Driver, 36, and Luke Elliott, 22, both deny murder and attempted murder.

Driver, of Grange Cottages, Marsden, and Elliott, of Main Avenue, Cowlersley, each deny murder, attempted murder, causing grievous bodily harm with intent and perverting the course of justice.

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