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Teenager convicted of murder named as Macauly Jenkinson
4:32pm Friday 6th September 2013 in News
A 17-year-old was convicted today of murdering a former friend he knifed 12 times in the back, and has been jailed for life.
Macauly Jenkinson was only 16 when he launched a ferocious attack on Michael "Angel" Graham, 19, on the Scarborough seafront in April.
He was convicted by a majority of 11-1 of murder, and wounding with intent on another teenager, who cannot be named.
Judge Simon Bourne-Arton, the Recorder of Middlesbrough sitting at Teesside Crown Court, lifted reporting restrictions on the media identifying the defendant because of the public interest in the case.
The jury was told Mr Graham and his attacker had been friends but fell out when Mr Graham taunted Jenkinson over his relationship with a girl which started when he was 15 and she was 14.
After the guilty verdicts, Tom Roberts QC, prosecuting, said the offences were aggravated by the ferocity of the attack, from behind on the defenceless victim.
Jenkinson, of Main Street in Seamer, assembled a group of youngsters and had encouraged them to arm themselves and support him, the barrister said.
It happened in front of a group of youths, some as young as 14.
The seriousness of the case was also aggravated by it taking place in public, on the seafront, he said.
Detective Chief Inspector Maria Taylor, of North Yorkshire Police’s Major Crime Unit, said: “This is an extremely tragic case which has left a young man dead and another young man facing up to a considerable length of time in prison.
“Michael had his whole life in front of him and to be murdered in this brutal and senseless manner has left his family and friends devastated.
“MacCauley Jenkinson attacked Michael in such and aggressive and violent manner that there is little doubt that he intended to do him serious harm on the night that he killed him.
“Stabbing him in the back gave Michael no chance of defending himself and Jenkinson has to live with the fact that his cowardly attack has robbed a family of one of their loved ones.
“The sentence handed down today reflects the seriousness and brutality of Jenkinson’s actions. I hope that Michael’s family can now feel some sense of justice and can try and begin to rebuild their lives.”
In a statement the family of Michael Graham said: “In the early hours of Sunday 14 April 2013, our lives were shattered by the news that Mickey, also known to his friends as Angel, had died.
“Not only have we lost a son, grandson, brother, nephew and a dad, we have also lost a friend who loved his family and was always there for us when we needed him, no matter what.
“He was a good friend to many and we would especially like to thank one of his best friends who was with him at the end.
“It is a great comfort for us to know that Mickey was with such a close friend. He is also a victim in this case and our thoughts are with him and his family at this time, as they also struggle to come to terms with what happened.
“We would like to thank North Yorkshire Police for their hard work in bringing this person to justice, in particular we would like to thank our two family liaison officers who have been with us throughout.
“We would also like to thank Mr Roberts and Mr Adlington who presented the case at court.
“We hope that Mickey can now rest in peace and we are allowed to get on with our own lives and continue to grieve in private.”