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Teenager in court accused of attempted murder
A TEENAGER will stand trial for attempting to kill two young women by dousing them in petrol and flicking matches at them.
Connah Smith, aged 19 (pictured), of Vernon Terrace, Brighton, has admitted falsely imprisoning and repeatedly stabbing Gabrielle Price and Megan Parson in March.
Lewes Crown Court heard yesterday that Smith held his two victims against their will at an address in Dean Street, Brighton from March 28 to 31.
Dale Sullivan, prosecuting, told the court Smith is accused of threatening to kill the two women by holding their heads in a bath of water and asking them whether they would rather be killed by being burned or drowned.
Mr Sullivan said: “The defendant goes to the address where the complainants live. One of the girls gets home and he stabs her repeatedly. Then he waits for the other to return home and on returning he stabs her.
“One was taken to the bathroom where the crown says the defendant places his foot on her head and holds her under the water. It was only the fact that the other claimant attempted to run away that he takes his foot off her head.
“There were various discussions where he asks both these young ladies how they would like to die, whether they would prefer to be burned or drowned.
“Both girls were doused in petrol. Several matches were lit and thrown at the girls. It was very fortunate they didn’t ignite the girls or the room.”
Smith, pictured, yesterday pleaded guilty to two counts of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and two counts of false imprisonment.
He denies attempting to murder Gabrielle Price and Megan Parson and making threats to kill both. Smith, who was remanded in custody, is due to stand trial on September 1.