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Glassing man 'killed nephew'

By Mid Devon Gazette  |  Posted: September 18, 2012

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A GRUMPY uncle killed his great-nephew when he slashed his throat with a wine glass in a row at a family party at a country mansion, a court heard.

Former boxer Raymond Dupree, 67, argued with Ryan King, 20, after he intervened to stop him bullying a group of teenage girls, a jury was told at Exeter Crown Court yesterday.

Mr King told Dupree to calm down after he ordered the girls to go to bed at 3am but the pensioner picked up a fluted wine glass and stabbed him.

The glass 'exploded' in his neck and Dupree stood over him and told other guests: 'I've done him'.

Dupree was among the guests at the family party for Mr King's mother's 40th birthday, held at his grandmother's country manor house near South Molton.

Snurridge House – so pretty it is nicknamed The Dolls House by locals – was being used by owner Bernadette Soton to host the 30-strong family event.

There were six adults and five girls up at 3am when Dupree became aggressive with the youngsters. He told Mr King he 'should respect his elders' before launching his attack.

Dupree, of Bishopsnympton, denies murder.

Simon Laws, QC, prosecuting, claimed Dupree was motivated by pride when he struck.

He said: "There was simply no reason for Dupree to have used any force at all, still less the fatal force he actually used. It follows that Ryan lost his life quite needlessly.

"His death was the product of this defendant's bad temper and his pride. He grossly over-reacted to a trivial dispute."

He said the party was to celebrate the 40th birthday of Ryan's mother Lisa Wilson and Dupree had been getting on well with Ryan, and had been photographed with his arm around him, until a dispute arose over friends of Ryan's younger sister.

Mr Laws said: "Dupree was behaving in a manner which was overbearing and Ryan intervened on behalf of the young girl bearing the brunt of his temper."

The trial continues

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