Teenager admits killing lawyer with a screwdriver

Boy, 17, admits stabbing a devoted father to death with a screwdriver outside a Greggs bakery after stealing tools from a city centre Poundland

  • Peter Duncan, 52, was attacked with a screwdriver in Newcastle on August 14 
  • Lawyer and devoted father was rushed to nearby hospital but later died 
  • Teen, 17, today pleaded guilty to murder and possession of offensive weapon

Peter Duncan, 52, was stabbed to death with a screwdriver in Newcastle city centre on August 14 

A teenage boy has pleaded guilty to murdering a lawyer with a stolen screwdriver in the middle of a busy city centre.

The 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, attacked Peter Duncan, 52, outside the Greggs Bakery in Old Eldon Square, Newcastle after stealing a ‘quantity of screwdrivers’ from a nearby Poundland earlier that day. 

The lawyer and devoted father was rushed to hospital after being stabbed in the chest at 6.20pm on August 14 but later died. 

His teenage attacker today pleaded guilty to murder and possession of an offensive weapon. He will be sentenced later. 

Other teenagers were arrested at the scene after members of the public helped to apprehend them.  

Mr Duncan was a lawyer and had worked as legal counsel for companies within the offshore industry.

He was most recently employed by Royal IHC Limited based in Newcastle, just a short distance away from where he was killed.

Prior to that he had worked for almost eight years at DeepOcean UK after studying Law at Northumbria University.

His family previously described him as a ‘devoted father and husband’.  

Paying tribute to him, a statement said: ‘Peter was a kind and caring man who was always first to help others. He was loved by all who knew him. 

‘His death will leave such a huge hole in our lives and he will be deeply missed by us all. Words can’t quite describe what life will be like without him.’ 

Officers are pictured monitoring the scene in Old Eldon Square, Newcastle the day after the murder  

Floral tributes with messages of condolence left outside Old Eldon Square shopping centre after Mr Duncan was murdered

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