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Murder suspect dumped clothes and imitation gun in the sea
8:00am Friday 6th September 2013 in News
MURDER suspect Jack Hummerstone got rid of his blood-stained clothing by throwing it into the sea, a court heard.
The teenager also got rid of an imitation gun - a 9mm Beretta - taken to the scene of a fatal stabbing by dumping it in the sea near Walton Pier.
Hours earlier, Hummerstone and another teenager had fled from a Colchester flat after a botched burglary ended with a man dead from a stab wound to his lung.
By 4am, Hummerstone got a change of clothing from a friend in Walton and dumped his own clothes and the gun.
And by 10am he was in another friend's flat in west London after getting a train from Walton.
Chelmsford Crown Court heard how it was a month before police found Hummerstone and arrested him on suspicion of murdering songwriter and rapper Thomas Brittain.
Thomas, 26, known as Twister, died after two armed and masked men burst into a flat at Charles House, Parkside Quarter in Colchester at around 1am on March 9.
The court has heard the men were looking for drugs and cash at the scene but ended up scuffling with Mr Brittain and a friend.
A knife was produced and within three minutes of entering the flat, Mr Brittain was dead and the two teenagers had fled in a car.
Hummerstone and the other teenager involved - Andre Vella - deny murdering Mr Brittain and are blaming each other for his death.
The jury heard Hummerstone spent a month on the run before police arrested him at a flat in Islington.
Hummerstone declined to name the friend in Walton who provided the change of clothing or other friends in London where he stayed while on the run.
He said the blood had got on to his clothes as he had to push past Mr Brittain and bundle Vella out of the flat.
Hummerstone has told the trial he was armed with the gun and Vella had the knife but Vella has told the jury he had the gun and Hummerstone was armed with the knife.
The trial continues.
<li> Vella and Hummerstone deny a joint charge of murdering Thomas Brittain.
They also deny another joint charge of causing Matthew Purves grevious bodily harm with intent.
Vella, 19, formerly from Village Way, Kirby Cross, but now of no fixed address, and Hummerstone, 18, from Clerkenwell, London, both admit a charge of possessing an imitation handgun with intent to cause fear of violence.
Vella denies aggravated burglary. Hummerstone has admitted this charge.