Man found guilty of murder and wounding in Slough

10/03/2010

A 26 year-old man has today been found guilty at Reading Crown Court of the murder of his girlfriend, 19 year-old Jane Treasure.

He was also found guilty of wounding with intent in relation to his friend Damien Sharpe, following two separate knife attacks on 18 November 2008 in Slough.

Mario Carvalho stabbed his girlfriend to death following a domestic argument at their home at 66 Ledgers Road, Slough in what was described by CPS Thames Valley Crown Advocate Sandra Beck as a "dynamic assault" which left her with some 20 wounds.  Two of the wounds, one to her lower neck and one to the back of her chest, both of which penetrated her left lung, led to her death.

The jury heard how Mr Carvalho had subjected his girlfriend to a violent and sustained attack using a kitchen knife after they had been overheard arguing on the previous evening.  Leaving her dead in their bed, Mr Carvalho then went to Damiens house where he launched a knife attack upon him and slashed his throat.  Mr Sharpe survived despite the gaping cut to his throat.

CPS Crown Advocate Sandra Beck said, "The defendant's relationship with his girlfriend was a volatile one.  Their bitter arguing on 17 and 18 November resulted in the brutal death of one young lady and the serious wounding of another man.  Mr Carvalho showed himself to be an incredibly violent and dangerous man and I welcome the jurys verdict today which will mean that he is unable to carry out further acts of violence for some considerable time.

"My thoughts are with the family and friends of Jane Treasure and Damien Sharpe who I hope are now able to put this horrific incident behind them and move on with their lives."

Mr Carvalho was sentenced to a life sentence on each count and ordered to serve a minimum of twenty years in custody.