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Jamie Yeates stabbed 18 times, court hears

ASPIRING jockey Jamie Yeates, who was allegedly stabbed to death by his stepfather, had 18 wounds to his upper body, a court heard on Monday.

Karl Wayne Bowen, 42, of Llanelli, appeared before magistrates in the town charged with murdering the 15-year-old, and the attempted murder of stepdaughter Kimberly Yeates, 18.

Yeates, who worked at Carmarthenshire trainer Alison Thorpe's stable three days a week and had planned to attend the Northern Racing College in Doncaster this summer after completing his GCSEs, died at his home in the early hours of last Thursday morning.

He had been due to lead up the Thorpe-trained Dishdasha at Great Leighs on Sunday, where the gelding was a poignant winner in the hands of Jamie Spencer, Yeates's racing hero and from whom he got the nickname 'Spencer'.

Jamie Spencer - Newmarket

Jamie Spencer: racing hero

  PICTURE: Gerry Cranham  

Peter Lloyd, prosecuting, told the magistrates that Yeates "died as a result of 18 stabs to his upper body".

Bowen is also charged with grievous bodily harm to his stepdaughter, and grievous bodily harm with intent. He was remanded in custody to appear at Swansea Crown Court on January 20.

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