Lee Arnold jailed for life for murder of Salford student William Lound

01/08/2016

A 37 year old man has been sentenced at Minshull Street Crown Court to life imprisonment today for the murder of 30-year-old William Lound, a Salford university student, who was stabbed to death in his student flat in February 2016. He must serve a minimum of 23 years and four months in prison.

Lee Arnold pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing in July to murdering William Lound after going back with him to his flat in the student halls of residence where he stabbed him a number of times with a kitchen knife from the flat. 

Lee Arnold was homeless at the time, had not been taking his prescribed medication for a mental health diagnosis and there was evidence that he had been taking illegal drugs. The two men met each other at the tented village near Piccadilly station in Manchester, where Lee Arnold was living at the time and where William Lound had become friends with some of the homeless people there. 

The day after the murder Lee Arnold attended a drop-in centre, where he confessed to staff and a police community support officer that he had killed someone and gave them the location of the flat. The police attended and discovered the victim's body.

Lucy Scully, Senior Crown Prosecutor, CPS North West Complex Casework Unit said: "This is an extremely tragic case, in which William Lound, a kind and trusting young man, lost his life in terrible circumstances. His family and friends have been left devastated by what happened. 

"Lee Arnold has admitted that he planned to carry out the murder and accompanied William to his flat that morning with that intention, but it is also clear from the evidence that he had been experiencing a deterioration in his mental health.

"Lee Arnold has pleaded guilty to murdering William Lound and has today been sentenced to life imprisonment. Our sympathies and thoughts are very much with William's family and friends at this very difficult and distressing time."

The Crown Prosecution Service treated the case as a hate crime as Lee Arnold had shown hostility in his police interview towards William Lound because of his sexuality and this was presented to the court as an aggravating factor in the murder.