Man convicted of stabbing lecturer to death on his way to work


A man who stabbed to death a lecturer who was walking to work on the second day of a new job has been convicted of manslaughter after a court ruled he was mentally impaired at the time of the killing.

Mark Loveridge, 39, stabbed university lecturer Daniel Young, 30, to death in Morden, south west London, on 19 January 2016.

An hour earlier, about a mile away near his home in Mitcham, he had also stabbed another stranger twice in the buttocks before running away.

There were no witnesses to either attack but Loveridge was identified by DNA on the knife and by CCTV and arrested seven days later.

Loveridge admitted manslaughter today (18 September) at the Central Criminal Court. He also admitted wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Devi Kharran, CPS reviewing lawyer, said: "This was a tragic and senseless killing. Daniel Young was walking through a park to an underground station to start his second day of a new job when he was attacked.

"Two independent psychiatric experts both agreed that Loveridge was mentally impaired at the time of the killing.  As a result the CPS carefully considered this evidence and took the decision to accept a plea of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

"This has been an incredibly difficult time for Mr Young’s family and our thoughts remain with them at this time."

Loveridge is due to be sentenced on 24 October.