Boy, 14, in court over alleged killing

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A 14-year-old boy charged with killing a man in Blackpool on New Year’s Day has made his first court appearance.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court on Saturday.

He is charged with the manslaughter of 52-year-old Paul Walker on January 1.

The boy is alleged to have hit Mr Walker with a single blow from behind.

Applying for the 14-year-old to be remanded in secure accommodation, Rachel Parker, prosecuting, said that during an interview with detectives investigating Mr Walker’s death the youngster said he was “getting bored” with what was going on.

Magistrates ruled the juvenile faced a “grave crime” allegation during the 20-minute hearing.

When seated the boy – dressed in a blue T-shirt – could hardly see over the side of the dock.

His mother was present in court to hear Martin Hillson, defending, apply for bail saying his client would live at a family address in Scotland.

However, the magistrates turned down the application and sent the accused to secure accommodation pending his next appearance in court, which will be at Preston Crown Court on January 14.

Mr Walker – an avid Glasgow Celtic – fan was brought up in the Scottish city but moved to Blackpool 10 years ago.

He was found unconscious on the footpath on Sutton Place, Blackpool, around 2am on January 1 after attending a party hosted by friends.

He could not get a taxi so he decided to walk home to Normoss Avenue.

After he was found he was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital with head and facial injuries but died in the hospital’s accident and emergency unit.