Stab victim killed in crash 13 years on

227/01/10     Ashley Murray
227/01/10 Ashley Murray

Tributes have been paid to a young Harrogate man who has been killed in a car crash years after surviving a horrific knife attack.

The man, named locally as Ashley Murray, was killed in a crash on the A61 late on Saturday night when his silver Porsche Boxster left the road and crashed into a tree.

Mr Murray, 27, survived a brutal knife attack in Harrogate when he was just 13, when two of his best friends turned on him, stabbing him repeatedly and leaving him for dead.

The terrified teenager had lain huddled in a bin bag at Birk Crag for two days before he was found by a passing dog walker.

Paying tribute to the former Rossett High School pupil yesterday, headteacher Pat Hunter said: “Speaking to staff today who were here at the time, they have all said what a happy and resilient lad he was.

“Obviously it was a very unpleasant set of circumstances for him but talking about him today, his determination saw him come back and do really well – which makes this all the more tragic. Our sympathies are with his family and friends at this time.”

Ashley Murray was just 13 when his two supposed friends - who had been watching the violent horror film Scream hours before - lured him to the secluded beauty spot at Birk Crag and stabbed him 18 times, 11 times in the head.

His vicious attackers, schoolfriends Daniel Gill, then 14, and 15-year-old Robert Fuller, were sentenced to six years’ detention for his attempted murder on January 17, 1999.

In an interview with the Yorkshire Post when he turned 24, Mr Murray said he was learning to get over what had happened and was trying to lead a normal life.

The IT salesman said: “It taught me quite a big lesson. I remember what life was like before the attack, but you have to get on with it and accept it, say ‘that’s life’ and have a good time.”

Mr Murray died at the scene of the crash on Almsford Bank at 11pm on Saturday night.

A police spokesman said a silver Porsche Boxster was overtaking a blue Citroen Picasso at the time. Both cars were heading out of Harrogate towards Leeds.

Police are now appealing for any witnesses to the collision. Traffic Sergeant Hamish Halloway, of North Yorkshire Police’s Roads Policing Group, said: “If you witnessed the collision or may have seen the Porsche prior to the incident please contact the police straight away.”

Anyone who can help the police with this investigation is asked to contact on 101, press option 2 and ask for Andy Macleod.

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