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Cowardly teen jailed for life for Scarborough stab murder
5:05pm Friday 6th September 2013 in News
A cowardly teenager who murdered a former pal by stabbing him in the back 12 times was jailed for life with a minimum term of 16 years.
Laughing Macauly Jenkinson was only 16 when he launched a ferocious attack on Michael ''Angel'' Graham, 19, on Scarborough seafront in April.
He was convicted at Teesside Crown Court by a majority of 11-1 of murder, and wounding with intent on another teenager, who cannot be named.
Mr Graham and his killer fell out after he taunted Jenkinson for dating a 14-year-old girl when the defendant was a year older.
There was name-calling and abusive texts, described by the Judge Simon Bourne-Arton, the Recorder of Middlesbrough, as ''adolescent posturing''.
Then Jenkinson bought a knife, gathered a gang of supporters and went looking for Mr Graham.
The attack happened in front of a large group, some as young as 14.
A boy, who cannot be identified and who went to help Mr Graham, was also stabbed in the leg.
It was when his victim was fighting another teen on the seafront that Jenkinson struck, stabbing him hard in the back a dozen times.
''As the coward you are, you waited until his back was turned to you and he was defenceless,'' the judge said.
''Your conduct afterwards was disgraceful.
''It shows a complete lack of remorse.
''On hearing of his death you were laughing, you were joking, you were calm.
''You showed not one bit of sadness or regret.
''You are on that basis to be considered a dangerous young man.''
The boy who was stabbed in the leg remained emotionally scarred and may never recover, the judge said.
Earlier, the stocky, short-haired defendant, who wore a blue suit and black glasses, only blinked when the jury foreman returned guilty verdicts.
The judge lifted reporting restrictions on the media identifying the defendant because of the public interest in the case.
Jenkinson, now 17, of Main Street, Seamer, had bought the flick knife earlier that day.
Detective Chief Inspector Maria Taylor, of North Yorkshire Police's Major Crime Unit, said: ''This is an extremely tragic case which has left a young man dead and another young man facing up to a considerable length of time in prison.
''Michael had his whole life in front of him and to be murdered in this brutal and senseless manner has left his family and friends devastated.
''Jenkinson attacked Michael in such an aggressive and violent manner that there is little doubt that he intended to do him serious harm on the night that he killed him.
''Stabbing him in the back gave Michael no chance of defending himself and Jenkinson has to live with the fact that his cowardly attack has robbed a family of one of their loved ones.
''The sentence handed down today reflects the seriousness and brutality of Jenkinson's actions. I hope that Michael's family can now feel some sense of justice and can try and begin to rebuild their lives.''
Mr Graham's family said in a statement: ''In the early hours of Sunday 14 April 2013, our lives were shattered by the news that Mickey, also known to his friends as Angel, had died.
''Not only have we lost a son, grandson, brother, nephew and a dad, we have also lost a friend who loved his family and was always there for us when we needed him, no matter what.
''He was a good friend to many and we would especially like to thank one of his best friends who was with him at the end.
''It is a great comfort for us to know that Mickey was with such a close friend. He is also a victim in this case and our thoughts are with him and his family at this time, as they also struggle to come to terms with what happened.''