Man jailed for life for murder of Joshua Price


A 27-year-old man has been jailed for life, to serve a minimum of 29 years' imprisonment, after he was found guilty of the murder of Joshua Price who was stabbed to death in 2014.

A jury at Wolverhampton Crown Court heard how on the evening of 27 September 2014, the victim was lured out of his flat by David Watkins on the pretence of buying some cannabis from him.

A rendezvous point was arranged and the defendant, armed with a knife, cycled to Treynham Close, Stowlan where he met the victim.

Mr Price was attacked by the defendant and he was stabbed five times, the knife pierced his heart resulting in his death. Watkins removed the victim's mobile phone and then fled the scene of the crime.

The emergency services were called to the scene, but the victim succumbed to his injuries.

Following a police investigation, Watkins was arrested and electronic evidence showed the defendant had made contact with the victim immediately before the offence took place.

Paul Reid, District Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said: "David Watkins carried out a premeditated and violently executed plan which resulted in the death of a young man.

"He persuaded the victim to come out of his flat and meet him. He then attacked Mr Price and stabbed him to death.

"The defendant then tried to cover his tracks by firstly stealing the victim's mobile phone and then trying to create an alibi by texting a family member claiming to have been watching television.

"Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Mr Price."