Teenager jailed for life for the murder of neighbour

21/10/2016

A teenager has today been found guilty at of the murder of his neighbour, Darren Parker, in West Bromwich and sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 16-and-a-half years.

A jury at Wolverhampton Crown Court heard that police and paramedics were called to an address on Campville Crescent, Stone Cross with the report of two people being stabbed.

When the emergency services arrived, they found Mr Parker and Sean Varden with multiple stab wounds. Medical assistance was given to both victims, however Mr Parker was pronounced dead at the scene. Mr Varden was transferred to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital where he was treated for his injuries.

Sean Varden informed the police that on 4 April 2016 he returned home to discover his television was missing. He made some enquiries with his neighbours, one of which was 19-year-old Demarco Martin.

When he knocked on the defendant's door the defendant has opened it and Sean Varden has noticed that Martin had a knife which he then used to stab him. Mr Parker ran over to help his step-son, but the defendant attacked him with the knife.

The defendant was later arrested and was found guilty of murder and unlawful wounding.

Paul Reid, District Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"Armed with a knife, Demarco Martin confronted the first victim who had knocked on his door to enquire about a missing television. He withdrew his knife and attacked Mr Varden.

"The second victim was nearby and on seeing this attack, he tried to help his step-son, but the defendant attacked Mr Parker and stabbed him multiple times.

"This unprovoked knife attack has resulted in Mr Varden receiving serious injuries and the death of his step-father. Our thoughts today are with the family and friends of Mr Parker."