Life sentence for killer of Wendy Mann

24/01/2017

Leroy Sterling has today sentenced to life imprisonment, to serve a minimum of 21 years, after he was guilty at Wolverhampton Crown Court of the murder of his partner as well as the attempted murder of a man.

On 28 August 2015, the body of 27-year-old Wendy Mann was found in her flat in West Bromwich by her brother, who gained access to her home after he became increasingly concerned when she failed to answer her mobile phone.

The police were called to the flat and a post-mortem report showed that the victim had been strangled to death.

Following a police investigation, Ms Mann's personal life was examined and officers learnt that she was in a relationship with the 62-year-old defendant, but they had split up and she had formed a relationship with the second victim.

On 11 July 2015, having found out about this new relationship, Sterling invited the second victim to his home in West Bromwich where he attacked him with a knife. The victim managed to escape, but he failed to inform the police that the defendant had attacked him and instead claimed that it was a stranger who had assaulted him in the street.

The defendant then persuaded Ms Mann to move in with him and for a month she stayed with Sterling. She managed to move back into her flat on 24 August and she was last seen alive two days later.

Sterling had become aware that Ms Mann had seen the second victim. He went over to her flat and killed her.

On 13 November, Sterling was arrested and today he has been found guilty of murder and attempted murder.

David Parsons, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said: "When Leroy Sterling became aware that Wendy Mann had formed a new relationship, jealously and rage took hold of him.

"He first brutally attacked the man she had formed the new relationship with and a month later he violently attacked and killed Ms Mann in her own home.

"Throughout this prosecution the defendant has shown no remorse for his crimes. He has today been found guilty and must now face the consequences of his actions.

"Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Ms Mann."