19 year old sentenced to life for brutal murder of his mother's boyfriend


Daniel Reed, aged 19, has today pleaded guilty to the murder of Shaun Skelton, his mother's boyfriend, on 5 March, in York. He was sentenced at Leeds Crown Court to life imprisonment, with a minimum term of 24 years.

Jonathan Sharp, from the CPS said: "In an alcohol-fuelled frenzy, Reed murdered Shaun Skelton in a sustained and ferocious attack. Armed with a hammer and a screwdriver he inflicted 70 separate injuries on his victim, including 17 knife wounds, and 15 blows to the head, leaving his victim with a shattered skull and gaping injuries to his neck. Reed's motivation appears to have been based on nothing more than personal dislike, at a time when he was about to be recalled to prison and his relationship was in difficulty.

"The evidence presented to the CPS in this case was overwhelming, and today Reed has pleaded guilty to murder and has been sentenced to life imprisonment. Our thoughts remain with Shaun Skelton's family and friends as they come to terms with their tragic loss."

A second defendant, was sentenced to 18 months, suspended for two years, and 10 hours' unpaid work after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing to assisting an offender.


  • Jonathan Sharp is a Principal Crown Advocate at CPS Yorkshire and Humberside