Chilling moment murderer hunts down and stabs dad-to-be in a revenge killing

Greater Manchester Police issued disturbing CCTV images of the final moments of Charlie Elms’ life after he was chased by Karl Marler, who has been jailed for minimum of 16 years for his murder

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Oldham: Chilling moment murderer hunts down dad-to-be with machete

These are the heart stopping final moments of a man’s life as CCTV footage shows a boy of 17 hunting down and stabbing him to death in a revenge killing.

The murder happened just moments after the victim launched a machete attack on his aunt’s home.

Karl Marler chased father-to-be 25-year old Charlie Elms down the street armed with a kitchen knife, after his family property came under an attack from him during a petty feud.

During the pursuit, Elms slipped and fell but as he got to his feet Marler plunged the 15 inch blade into his back.

The victim suffered fatal wounds and died at the scene.

His girlfriend later gave birth to their child Archie.

Greater Manchester Police issued dramatic CCTV images of the last moments of Elms’ life as Marler was jailed for a minimum of 16 years for murder.

Charlie Elms had earlier launched a machete attack, the court heard


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He was later killed as the feud got out of hand


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He was ordered to be named and shamed by a judge at an earlier hearing.

The tragedy occurred after the two men got caught up in a trivial row between two friends linked to Marler’s aunt at her home in Limeside, Oldham, Greater Manchester.

One of the friends had been asked to leave the house and complained of “losing face” and it sparked a bitter dispute in the small community which created “allegiances and loyalties” between rival families, Manchester Crown Court heard.

In the weeks before Elms’ death, windows at Marler’s aunt’s house had been smashed and later Marler himself and two other men went to the another house and kicked the door in, shouting for the occupant’s partner.

Karl Marler chased Charlie Elms down the street armed with a kitchen knife



Matters came to a head on May 26 this year when Elms and six other men pulled up in a blue Vauxhall Corsa car outside Marler’s aunt’s home and began attacking the front door with a machete and a child’s scooter which they picked up from the front garden.

Marler who was at the house with three other friends then emerged from the house armed with knives and a meat cleaver forcing Elms and his friends to flee.

The Corsa sped away but Elms and one of the gang were left behind and they sprinted down the road in a bid to get away.

As they ran round a corner both lost their footing and Elms dropped the machete.

He was stabbed as he was about to get to his feet and bled to death despite efforts to save him.

The ‘revenge attack’ was captured on CCTV


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In a statement Elms’ partner Demi Leigh O’Shea said: “The life I thought was in front of me was absolutely destroyed.

“I knew he was the one, my soulmate. He was looking forward to being dad, it’s all he talked about.

“Words do not explain the void and emptiness in my life. It is suspected I am suffering from PTSD. Accepting Charlie has gone is the hardest part.

“The day I went into labour should have been a special day. Instead this day was horrific. Then three days later it was Charlie’s funeral.

“At the funeral I caught Covid-19 feeling so empty and upset and I have not enjoyed being a new mum. I resent the fact someone has taken this very precious time away from him.

“I remain in this constant state of hurt and upset. The grief is unbearable.

The violent altercations took place back in May


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He was later stabbed and died despite efforts to save him


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“I want the court to know that no matter how long the person who did this spends in prison, for me I don’t see myself ever feeling better. I am lost without Charlie in my life.”

Marler picked up the discarded machete after the stabbing and went on the run ringing his mother to say: “Mum I can’t tell you, I’m going on the run. I love you and I’m going to ditch my phone.”

He was arrested on June 16. When asked how he felt about Elms’ death, Marler said: “I am upset and angry at myself.”

He denied murder but was convicted after a trial – and was ordered to be detained for life at her Majesty’s Pleasure.

Marler was ordered to be named and shamed by a judge


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Sentencing Judge Patrick Field QC told him: “This was an unpleasant and pointless feud. You were allied to one group, Elms was part of the other and there was violence, threats and vandalism the weeks before.

“That day you were expecting trouble and armed yourself to exact revenge. You had decided yourself to seek retribution and this was apparent from your relentless pursuit of Charlie Elms.

“You undoubtedly had several opportunities to desist but the fact is you were utterly determined to make somebody pay for what had occurred.

Tributes were left at the scene of the murder


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“There was not a hint of sorrow, regret or remorse for taking another man’s life.

“Whatever Charlie Elms might have done or did on May 26, he was still a young man when he died.

“He had a partner of 18 months and was looking forward to becoming a father himself. His death was undoubtedly a tragedy.”

After the case Det Ch Insp Carl Jones of Greater Manchester Police said: “This was a shocking episode of violence which very sadly led to the death of a 25-year-old man.

“Charlie’s death at such a young age is something no family should ever have to experience and all our thoughts are with them as they continue to process this horrendous ordeal.

“Knife crime can cause misery and fear to our communities and incidents such as these can have a devastating impact on not only those close to the family but the wider community and neighbourhood.

“I hope today’s sentencing sends a stark warning and message that if you are caught using or carrying a knife then you will face the consequences of your actions and justice will prevail, as we have seen today.”

Macauley McDonald, 26, Frazer McDonald, 20, Josh Newport, 23, Luke Cloran, 18, and Kian Bobmanuel, 21 and Melvin Whelan, 39, all pleaded guilty to violent disorder and will be sentenced later. Elliot Matthews, 18, admitted possession of a bladed article.

Two 16-year-old boys were given referral orders at earlier hearings.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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