Teen who stabbed his friend to death in Leicestershire found guilty

A teenager who stabbed his friend to death after a fallout in Hinckley, has been found guilty of manslaughter.

The 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Leicester Crown Court yesterday (Monday 23 March) accused of the manslaughter of 18-year-old Joshua Taylor (pictured above).

The incident happened in October last year, when three friends were hanging out in the area of Richmond Park. The teenager was involved in an argument with Joshua Taylor over a bluetooth speaker, which escalated into a fight.

The defendant then left the area and shortly returned armed with two kitchen knives and confronted Joshua in Sword Drive.

Joshua was stabbed in the chest and died at the scene. A post-mortem examination revealed the victim died from a single stab wound.

The defendant was arrested by police later on the same day.

The 17-year-old will reappear in court on Friday where he will be sentenced for manslaughter and two counts of possession of a bladed weapon.

Detective Inspector Jonathan Blockley, the senior investigating officer, said:  “What began as an insignificant fallout between a group of people on a night out in Hinckley ended with a young man losing his life.”

“A single stab wound killed Joshua. Not only has a life been lost but another young person now faces a significant time behind bars for his actions in the heat of the moment.”

“There are certainly no winners; two families have been left devastated and a community has been left in shock.”

“There are absolutely no excuses for carrying a knife. If you choose to carry a weapon you are more likely to use it.”

“The force takes knife crime extremely seriously and are working tirelessly to warn youngsters on the dangers and consequences.”

“I hope this incident serves as a warning to others. If you know someone who carries a knife in public or has been involved in violent crime we would urge you to report your concerns to the police.” 

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