Teenagers guilty of murdering drug addict

The pair face life sentences after being convicted following a trial at Minshull Street Crown Court.

Teenagers guilty of murdering drug addict

Teenagers guilty of murdering drug addict photo credit: Manchester Evening News

Two teenagers were found guilty of murder after a drug addict was stabbed to death in his own home.

Leigh Smith, 48, was stabbed seven times before neighbours discovered his body after he bled to death in his flat in Eccles.

Drug dealer, Jacob Cookson (18) and a 17-year-old boy were unanimously convicted of murder. Another 17-year-old boy was found not guilty.

Prosecutors said that the killing was fuelled by revenge, after Cookson had been attacked by another man in Smith’s house days earlier. Cookson believed Mr Smith had set him up, they said.

The pair face life sentences after being convicted following a trial at Minshull Street Crown Court.

CCTV footage recovered on June 21 showed the defendants, and another man who has not been identified, heading towards Smith’s flat on Cook Street. About two minutes later, the same group was seen running away from the flats.

The next morning, at about 7 am, a neighbour saw the door to Smith’s flat was ajar. He was found lying in a pool of blood on his living room floor, after being stabbed seven times to his legs and buttocks.

Both have denied the allegations. Sentencing will take place next week.

Sources: Manchester Evening News, The World News

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