Four sentenced after killing of Sunderland man


Four people have been sentenced today in relation to the death of a Sunderland father-of-three over a debt of thirty pounds.

The group was sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court after being found guilty of charges relating to the death of Michael Stead, 34, of Brady Street, Sunderland.

In March of last year Mr Stead was brutally assaulted by Michael Young and Daniel Mould, both 26, with a hammer and a knife sharpener, outside his home in the Millfield area of the city. So severe was the attack that Mr Stead was left in a vegetative state in hospital for months, before succumbing to his injuries on December 28. 

Daniel Mould was sentenced to 23 years imprisonment after being found guilty of murder and a further charge of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm (GBH) with intent. After the jury failed to convict co-defendant Michael Young on a murder charge, he pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter and was sentenced to 13 years and 6 months.

The attack had been orchestrated by Mr Stead's ex-partner, Leanne Mould, 34, over a debt of thirty pounds. Both Leanne Mould and an acquaintance, Trevor Creighton, 35, were found guilty of conspiracy to commit GBH with intent. Leanne Mould was sentenced to 6 years and Trevor Creighton to 10 years and 6 months.

Tracy Easton of the CPS said: "In March last year, Leanne Mould arranged a brutal attack on Michael Stead, after accusing him of infidelity and owing her thirty pounds. This cowardly assault was delivered by Michael Young and Daniel Mould at the door of Mr Stead's own home. Their armed attack was so severe that it left Mr Stead unconscious and fighting for his life, with numerous head fractures and a severe bleed on the brain.

"Tragically, after several months unconscious in hospital, Michael Stead passed away. We sincerely hope that these sentences bring a measure of comfort to his family at what must be an incredibly difficult time for them."