Man pleads guilty to World's End Pub murder

22/01/2010

Sam Lengfeld today pleaded guilty to the murder of Shevon Wilson. He was sentenced to life imprisonment with an order that he a serve a minimum period of 17 years before he be considered eligible to apply for parole.

Lengfield, aged 23, from St George, Bristol, stabbed the 17-year-old in the chest outside the World's End pub in Bristol in the early hours of 12 September last year. Wilson later died from his injuries, a single stab wound to the heart, at Frenchay hopital.

Reviewing CPS lawyer Iain White said: 'it is unusual to get a guilty plea at this early stage and to do so is testament to the fantastic work of the whole prosecution team.

'I must give particular thanks to the officer in the case Detective Constable Jon Atkin from the  Avon and Somerset Constabulary, who has  worked tirelessly on the investigation.

'Working closely with DC Atkin and his colleagues, the CPS was able to present the strongest possible evidence from the outset. This has led to not only this successful outcome, but also to significant savings in time and money.'

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