Hartlepool teenager who went with knife to kill friends as “cry for help” walks free from court

Teesside Crown Court
Teesside Crown Court

A TEENAGER made a chilling confession to police that he intended to kill two of his friends and himself after arming himself with a kitchen knife – but walked free from court because he “poses no immediate danger to the public”.

The only reason Callum Bartle, 18, didn’t go ahead with his frightening plan to kill the pair was because only one of them was there when he arrived at a house and he said he wanted to kill them both together.

Bartle was spotted with the knife by a member of the public and was arrested shortly afterwards, before confessing his terrifying plot to officers when he was interviewed.

He spent two-and-a-half months in Holme House Prison after pleading guilty to possession of an offensive weapon at an initial case at Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court.

But Teesside Crown Court heard how his frigtening plan had been a “cry for help” and the teen was spared jail by the Judge, instead being sentenced to a two-year community order with supervision.

Bartle, of Flint Walk, admitted to officers he had the intention of killing two of his friends when he armed himself with a kitchen knife and walked to a house where he believed he would find them both at the time.

It was only when he arrived at the property and found that only one was there he decided against carrying out his terrifying plot, as he said he wanted to kill them together and not separately.

David Crook, prosecuting, said: “The police had received a call on Saturday, September 21 from a member of the public who said they had seen him with a kitchen knife.

“The member of the public had taken it away from him and he said he had thoughts of killing his friends and himself.

“He was arrested at his home and was interviewed and was very forthcoming.

“He said that he had taken a kitchen knife and gone to a house and had thoughts about killing his friends.

“He spoke to the person at the house but said that he wanted to kill the two together and not separately.”

The court heard how Bartle had no previous convictions ahead of his plot.

Richard Herrmann, mitigating, said: “He is a very young man and was kept in custody and has been in Holme House as an 18-year-old experiencing custody for the first time.

“A psychological report has been carried out and it’s believed he poses no immediate danger to the public and his words won’t be backed up with actions.”

“It’s been a major cry for help and I hope he now gets the help he needs.”

Judge Michael Taylor said: “The circumstances are curious, they are quite frightening to hear about.

“You armed yourself with a kitchen knife and made your way to a house where two of your friends live and told people you intended to kill them.

“Only one was present and you decided you wanted to kill them together.

“You accepted responsibility and were charged and you have been held in custody since.

“That must have been quite an eye-opener for someone of your age and background.

“You must now take the opportunity to work with your probation worker.”