The 19-year-old man who was found in an upturned car was stabbed to death

Paramedics who found a 19-year-old stabbed to death in an upturned car believed he was the victim of a car accident when two men were tried for murder

  • Benjamin Eyles, 19, and Nathan Braim, 20, denied the murder on Oxford Crown Court
  • Couple accused of killing Joshua Harling, who died on July 22nd in Thame town
  • Medics rushing to Mr. Harling's overturned car found him with chest wounds
  • Postmortem later revealed that the "lovable boy" had been stabbed to death

Two men have denied murdering a 19-year-old who was found in an overturned car with stab wounds to his chest.

Benjamin Eyles, 19, and Nathan Braim, 20, are accused of killing Joshua Harling on July 22nd on a quiet street in the quaint market town of Thame, Oxfordshire.

Mr. Harling, described by his family as "charismatic, selfless and a lovable boy," was discovered with stab wounds in an overturned vehicle by paramedics who believed they were arriving to treat an accident victim.

Police were later called on-site to investigate the suspicious injuries and a post mortem found that Mr. Harling had been stabbed.

Joshua Harling of Headington has been described by his family as a "charismatic, selfless, and lovable boy".

Mr. Harling, who lived in Headington, had been an accountant at the time of his death.

Eyles and Braim were arrested by Thames Valley Police Department detectives and charged with murder and conspiracy to cause serious assault.

None of the defendants have pleaded for a conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm, as attorneys representing them moved at a hearing on November 5th to dismiss the charges.

Braim of Broadwaters Avenue in Thame was arrested while Eyles was released from Monks Hollow in Marlow Bottom, Buckinghamshire on bail given at an earlier hearing.

Judge Ian Pringle QC, who sat at Oxford Crown Court for the hearing, told both defendants that the murder trial, which is expected to take three weeks, will take place on January 4th.

A 16-year-old boy, also arrested in connection with the incident, was previously released on bail when police officers appealed to witnesses to hand over cell phone recordings of the incident and not to distribute them online.