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Update: Teenager to serve minimum of 16 years behind bars over fatal stabbing in Mansfield

February 10, 2020
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A teenager has been ordered to serve a minimum of 16 years behind bars for the murder of another teenager he stabbed inside a house in Mansfield last year.

Jonathan Treadgold, 18, of Kent Close, Worksop, was sentenced today (Monday 10 February 2020) at Nottingham Crown Court after being found guilty, following a trial by jury, of the murder of 18-year-old Liam Gray.

On the afternoon of 1 August 2019 Nottinghamshire Police officers were called to a house on Gladstone Street, Mansfield, following a report of a stabbing inside.

Paramedics treated Liam before he was taken to Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre where he died a short time later from a single stab wound to his chest.

Earlier that afternoon Liam had met up with Treadgold and another man at a house on Gladstone Street.

They walked to a local shop to buy alcohol before returning to the house. They were drinking in the garden and later made their way to a local pub.

Treadgold returned to the Gladstone Street address separately, followed by Liam and the other man.

A short time later Treadgold came out of the back door and told a man that he’d stabbed Liam before he ran off.

The man went back inside into the kitchen and saw a large knife on the floor with blood on it.

He then went into the dining room where he saw Liam standing behind a sofa and holding a tea towel to his chest, with blood on his white T-shirt. Liam asked him to call an ambulance.

The court heard that Treadgold later turned up at an address in Mansfield, where his mum was visiting a friend, and he told them he’d stabbed and killed Liam.

In a victim personal statement Liam’s mother, Joanne Peters, said: "My family will forever have to live with the consequences of what happened to Liam on 1 August 2019. That date will never go from our lives or our minds.

"Liam’s partner, Sian, gave birth to their daughter, Isla, on 18 July 2019 and they were looking forward to starting life together as a family.

"Liam has been robbed of his life and Isla has been robbed of having a dad in her life.

"There are so many things Liam never got to do. He hadn’t learned to drive, been to college, got a stable job, got married, bought a house or had the chance to parent Isla and watch her grow up. We, as a family, have been robbed of watching him do all that too."

Speaking after today’s sentencing, Detective Chief Inspector Kevin Broadhead said: "This tragic case highlights the truly devastating consequences of carrying and using a knife and I hope the sentence given to Treadgold acts as a deterrent for anyone else who thinks it is alright to carry knives.

"There’s absolutely no need to carry knives in Nottinghamshire and the consequences of doing so are simply not worth it.

"While we have seen a significant decrease in knife crime in Nottinghamshire, bucking the national trend, every victim of knife crime is one too many.

"Nottinghamshire Police treats knife crime extremely seriously and we, like the communities we serve, believe there is no place for weapons on our streets.

"We will always aim to put people before the courts at the earliest opportunity when we catch people carrying a knife.

"Nottinghamshire Police also has a dedicated Knife Crime Team committed to tackling the issue, along with a range of other tactics and operations that we use to prevent and reduce knife crime.

"It takes a collaborative effort between the entire community, including our partners and members of the public, to combat this issue.

"I'd encourage anyone who has any information about people carrying knives to contact us on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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