A curved fold-up knife was found in the coat pocket of an alleged murder victim, a court has heard. 

Alfie Hammett, 19, and Joshua Howell, 18, have both been charged with the murder of Raymond James Quigley on January 17 last year in Westgate Street, as well as possession of an offensive weapon in a public place.

Hammett, of Larkhill Rise, Rushmere St Andrew, and Howell, of Wellington Street, Ipswich, both deny the charges and are on trial.

During the listing of agreed facts by the prosecution, Ipswich Crown Court also heard that Mr Quigley had been carrying a knife before his death.

A curved fold-up knife with a 3.5 inch blade was found inside his coat.

The jury also heard evidence from a social worker who described Howell as ‘polite, open and chatty’ after meeting with him.

Leah Burnett, met with Howell on January 31 last year. 

Previously the court has heard that Howell admitted to the social worker he had been “at the wrong place at the wrong time”

In a statement to the court Ms Burnett said that at this meeting she found Howell “polite, open and chatty”.

However, she added that he told her he was stressed as there was a court hearing coming up and that he could not stay in prison because of his mental health.  

Ms Burnett said that he had told her he should not have been there and maintained he did not know the people who had been attacked and did not know the other suspect.

Earlier in the trial, consultant forensic pathologist Dr Benjamin Swift performed the post-mortem examination on 18-year-old Mr Quigley and told a trial at Ipswich Crown Court on Thursday that he suffered four stab wounds to the torso and said severe force was used.

The trial continues.