UPDATED WITH SENTENCE: Teenager found guilty of murdering a man with a 'Rambo'-style knife in Cheshire
UPDATED 24 FEBRUARY 2022: Noel Reade, 17, was sentenced to 19 years' imprisonment at Chester Crown Court on 21 February 2022 for murder and an aggravated burglary committed after the murder.
(originally published on 19 January 2022)
A teenager has been found guilty of murdering a man with a 'Rambo'-style knife in Cheshire.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said that Noel Reade, who can now be named after the Judge lifted anonymity, killed Keagan Crimes, 28, with a large knife in an altercation in Cheviot Square in Winford around 10.30pm on 11 October 2020.
Reade, who was 16 at the time of the incident and is now 17, also stabbed another man.
Mr Crimes was stabbed in the chest and was taken to North Staffordshire Hospital but sadly later died from his injuries.
The second man was stabbed in the chest and leg and was taken to hospital and recovered from his injuries.
The youth fled the scene and hid the knife following the attack. He told the court that he went back the following day to retrieve the knife and then buried it in a field.
Several witnesses rang the police after the incident and the youth was arrested at his home in Crewe on 15 October 2020.
A jury at Chester Crown Court found him guilty of murder and a Section 18 wounding, in a unanimous verdict, following a trial that lasted several weeks. He had pleaded guilty to possessing an offensive weapon.
Senior Crown Prosecutor David Jones of CPS Mersey Cheshire said: “The defendant in this case is just a teenager and yet has already become heavily involved in violent crime.
“His actions on that night left one man dead and another man seriously injured. As a result, this youth, who has still not turned 18, has been found guilty of some of the most serious offences in the criminal justice system and can expect a lengthy jail term.
"Our thoughts remain with the family of Keagan Crimes."