A FATHER-of-two who killed a teenage biker riding a modified machine by hitting him with a spade has been jailed for six years.

Sonny Stephenson, 17, was not wearing a helmet and had been noisily riding round Guisborough, Cleveland, when he and his 15-year-old pillion passenger were knocked of the 600cc stolen motorbike.

Matthew Buckworth, 34, threw a spade at the pair, hitting Sonny in the head causing him to slump over the handlebars before the bike crashed.

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Described as a hard-working family man, Buckworth denied murder at a previous hearing but admitted manslaughter.

Sentencing at Teesside Crown Court, Judge Simon Bourne-Arton QC said Buckworth was under "some degree of provocation" on the evening of August 27 as residents had put up with noisy bikers over previous weeks.

Speaking afterwards, Detective Chief Inspector Mark Pearson, Cleveland and North Yorkshire Major Investigation Team said: “This was a tragic incident involving the death of a 17 year old boy; a son, brother and a friend to many. 

"It was a difficult inquiry and we relied heavily on help from the community to progress our investigation. I would therefore like to thank all those who were prepared to come forward and tell us what they knew.

“Today’s sentence cannot bring Sonny back.  My thoughts and sympathies remain with his family and friends as they continue to come to terms with their loss.”