Man found guilty of murder - Reading

13/06/2013

A 32-year-old man has today, Thursday, 13 June 2013, been convicted at Reading Crown Court of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment and to serve a minimum of 24 years.

Jerome Small, of Arbour Close, Coley, Reading, was found guilty of one count of murder by a jury, following a trial at Reading Crown Court, which started on 29 May.

Small stabbed his 17-year-old victim, Jordan Malutshi, in the early hours of Sunday, 01 July 2012, at Face Bar in Chatham Street, Reading.

Baljit Ubhey OBE, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), said: "This case involved the tragic and untimely death of 17-year-old Jordan Malutshi, who was stabbed to death while he sat passively in the Face Bar nightclub in Reading on 01 July last year. His life was brought to a premature end in the most brutal of ways by a man who had entered the club moments earlier armed with a knife and intent on causing serious injury.

"The jury at Reading Crown Court found Jerome Small guilty of the murder of Jordan, despite his denials.

"The Crown Prosecution Service praises the strength and courage of Jordan's family who sat through the trial and listened to the horrific details of how Jordan was killed by a senseless act.

"The investigation by Thames Valley Police and strong prosecution of this case demonstrates that those who use knives to kill or to injure will be brought to justice. As a result of the hard work and diligence of the prosecution team, a just outcome has been achieved for Jordan's family and friends. We hope that today's conviction and sentence will in some way help them come to terms with this tragic event and their dreadful loss.

"Small has been sentenced to life imprisonment and is to serve a minimum of 24 years.  However, no matter how long the prison sentence is, we acknowledge that nothing can make up for the loss felt by Jordan's family and friends and our thoughts are very much with them all at this time."

Senior Investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector Ian Hunter of the Thames Valley Police Major Crime department said: "The murder of Jordan Malutshi, who was only 17-years-old at the time of his death, was premeditated and senseless. Jerome Small has been found guilty of this murder having made a decision to arm himself with a knife with the intention of causing Jordan serious harm.

"Small has shown no remorse or sorrow for taking Jordan's life. Instead, he claimed it was an accident and sought to blame others for his own failings.

"Small will now have a considerable amount of time to reflect on taking Jordan's life, as well as the lasting impact on Jordan's family and friends.

"I would personally like to thank Jordan's parents and family, who have shown great strength, dignity and courage throughout the investigation and court trial. Our thoughts will remain with them.

"I also wish to thank those witnesses who stood up for what is right and were brave enough to come forward and support the Investigation. They demonstrated that there is no hiding place for those intent on committing such violent acts."