Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

MURDERER JAILED FOR LIFE... but No Sentence Will Ever Bring Our Loving Son Back Says Family: Family Speaks after Killer Jailed for Life: Our Lives Will Never Be the Same

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

MURDERER JAILED FOR LIFE... but No Sentence Will Ever Bring Our Loving Son Back Says Family: Family Speaks after Killer Jailed for Life: Our Lives Will Never Be the Same

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Byline: GARETH LIGHTFOOT

THE family of a teenager killed in a stabbing outside a Teesside home spoke today of their "needless" loss as the killer begins a life sentence.

Knifeman Jonathon Charlton, 22, must serve a minimum of 12 years in prison before he can be considered for parole.

A jury unanimously convicted him of murder at Teesside Crown Court yesterday after almost a day's consideration.

He used his own lock knife to stab 18-year-old Ian drunken rage. Tina Charlton, the mother of the teenager - who is not related to his murderer - said in a statement: "We as a family respect the guilty verdict reached by the jury. "Our lives will never be the same after the fateful evening of May 29, 2009. "We not only lost a loving son but the rest of the family lost a loving brother and the many friends who Ian had lost a loyal friend. "The actions of Ian Charlton that night only highlight the dangers of carrying knives in public places. "Ian died needlessly and we welcome the sentence passed by the judge. "However, no sentence will ever bring Ian back." Judge Peter Fox QC, the Recorder of Middlesbrough, said he appreciated the family's distress, sorrow, high emotion and enormous distress.

He commended Ian's brothers Richard, 18, and Shaun, 15, who both gave evidence in court, for their fortitude, courage, propriety and dignity. He turned to the killer in the dock, who showed no reaction to the jury's guilty verdict after denying murder throughout the two-week trial. Jonathon Charlton was at his ex-girlfriend's home on Caldicot Close, Grangetown, when he fought with Ian Charlton inside the house. Ian got the better of him and left, but then Jonathon went out into the front garden and stabbed him repeatedly. Passing the life sentence., the judge rejected notions of self defence or provocation. "You went out spoiling for a further fight. You armed, the other man unarmed," he said. "As for self defence, not at all. You were the aggressor from the start. …

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