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Man admits murdering acquaintance over small debt

Wayne Davison

A man who argued with an acquaintance over a small amount of money has pleaded guilty to his murder.

Wayne Davison, 38, of Briardale Road, Blyth, has admitted murdering 34-year-old Colin Rutherfold.

On April 29 earlier this year, Davison attacked Mr Rutherford in Blyth’s Crofton Street, after accusing him of owing him money – believed to be as little as £10.

Davison fled the scene leaving Mr Rutherford injured on the ground. He was rushed to hospital but he sadly died of his injuries the next day.

Davison was arrested and later charged with murder.

Appearing at Newcastle Crown Court on August 7 he pleaded guilty to murder – but due to reporting restrictions in place it could not be reported until now.

He is due to be sentenced on October 9.

Detective Chief Inspector Ed Small, the Senior Investigating Officer on the case, said: “First and foremost, our thoughts continue to be with Colin Rutherford’s family at this extremely difficult time. They have been left devastated by his death.

“This was a tragic and shocking incident in which an argument over money has resulted in a man being murdered.

“This was a senseless attack by Wayne Davison who has been brought to justice and will now face the consequences of his actions

“I would like to thank all those who came forward with information to assist us with this case.”

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