Teenager Connor Lyons, who met a lonely and tragic death in the mud and grass of a river bank, was a loving brother to three sisters and "doted" on his young niece.

It is alleged that Connor, 17, died at the hands of his friend or associate Cole Jarvis, who is accused of murdering him on January 18.

They had been out "lamping" during that evening, using bright lights to hunt for vermin along the area near the River Hull, the trial against Jarvis, who denies murder, heard on Tuesday.

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A complex picture of Connor, from Bransholme, emerged at Hull Crown Court when a statement from his mother, Kelly Lyons, was read to the jury.

Connor was the second oldest of four children and had three sisters.

"With his sisters, he tried to play the father figure," said his mother.

Cole Jarvis (left) is accused of murdering Hull teenager Connor Lyons
Cole Jarvis is accused of murdering Hull teenager Connor Lyons

"He also loved his baby niece, who he doted on."

He got on well with his mother's extended family.

She said that he was a "pleasant young boy" who could be loving and caring. She believed that he was always honest with her.

But he started to become "really angry" at the age of 10 and got involved in petty crime, including stealing bicycles.

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His mother believed that he was smoking cannabis every day and he had seen a psychologist.

He repeatedly sent messages to her on Facebook and she had to take action over this. She had been trying to get him professional help.

He took cannabis for pain relief after being injured in a serious motorcycle accident about 18 months earlier. He suffered a spleen problem from the accident.

In the last few months of his life, he had been arrested for possessing drugs and had been given a 7pm to 7am curfew through the probation service. It was not enforced but he had been sticking to the curfew.

She had noticed that he would occasionally have more money than she would have expected, the court heard.

Connor was "easily led" but "couldn't handle himself physically" and he "wasn't hard" as a person, the court was told.

He was of "slight" build and, although she did not know if he could swim, if he had been able to do so, he would not have been a strong swimmer.

He had a dog called Cali, a bull greyhound crossed with a German shepherd.

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He was very protective of the dog and, according to the prosecution, he was "very attached" to it and would take it everywhere with him.

The dog was, after Connor's death, found hungry in the street after making its way home.

Jarvis had earlier been the last person known to have been with the dog.

Connor had a "not straightforward" relationship with Jarvis and it was "fractious" and "volatile", the court was told.

Some described them as "fighting like cats and dogs" and it was suggested that Jarvis was a "bully". In one message from Jarvis in June last year, he branded Connor a "cheeky, gobby little rat".

There was an argument centring around a bike and whether money was owed for it.

The trial continues.

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