Nine of the ten teenagers jailed for murdering Jack Woodley have been granted permission to appeal their convictions.
Ten boys, aged 15 to 18 were handed life sentences at Newcastle Crown Court last year after a jury found them all guilty of murdering Jack, who was killed at the Houghton Feast festival in Autumn 2021.
Upon sentencing, their parents issued a joint statement that they would appeal the ruling,.
Now, a senior judge at the Court of Appeal in London has granted permission for their appeals to be heard.
A spokeswoman for the court said: “I can confirm that the single judge has granted the applications for all defendants in this case.”
Jack, had enjoyed a day out at the Houghton Feast fair when he was attacked, in October 2021.
The jury heard how the 18-year-old was surrounded by the violent mob of strangers who went on to kick, punch and stamp on him before he was knifed in the back. He died in hospital the following night.
One teen, aged 15, admitted delivering the fatal blow. Court records shown that a “Rambo Knife” was used to stab him.
But all 10 of them, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were convicted of murder after the prosecution told how they worked together to isolate and attack Jack.
The families of the nine teens who are appealing their convictions have argued that their children have been given life sentences for a murder they did not commit, and that their sons did not intend to kill Jack.
In a joint statement they said: “All of us are incredibly mindful of the life that was lost that night, but all of us know that none of our children intended that Jack die, let alone inflict the fatal blow.
“None of our children have criminal records. None of them carry knives, and they did not carry a knife the night that Jack Woodley was fatally stabbed.
“Our children have been given life sentences for a murder they did not commit. We never thought this could happen, that children who don’t commit murder themselves could be convicted of murder.
JENGbA (Joint Enterprise Not Guilty by Association), a group which campaigns on behalf of those convicted under the controversial Joint Enterprise law, is supporting the families of the defendants.
A hearing is now set to be listed at the Court of Appeal.