A man has been jailed for life after a short trial in Manchester after stabbing a student to death in halls of residence.
Lee Arnold admitted to murdering student William Lound in his halls of resident, just moment after having sex – whilst the victim was still naked and at his “most vunerable.”
Mr. Arnold, 37, was handed a life sentence with a minimum term of 23 years and 4 months. He pleaded guitly for a quick sentence.
The Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court heard how Arnold had become agitated after having sex – that he slashed and stabbed Mr. Lound, who was 30 at the time. After the grizzly attack, Arnold wrote the chilling message, “your (sic) not reddy (sic) for me. I always win. “I always win” on the student’s bedroom wall.
The victim, William Lound was openly gay. According to reports, he also wore women’s clothing and makeup – which have led some to believe that the attack may have been anti-trans.
He had 12 knife wounds to his back, neck and head. The knife was found in the victim’s body.
23 years and 4 months
Mr. Arnold will now serve a life sentence, with a minimum term of 23 years and 4 months.
Judge John Potter said,
“This was a brutal, pre-meditated sustained attack with a weapon upon a vulnerable and defenceless man.
“There is, in my judgement, evidence that your victim was murdered as a consequence of his sexual orientation.”
According to The Mirror, Detective Superintendent Simon Retford, from GMP’s serious crime division, said,
“This was a horrific murder of a young man whose only mistake was to trust and try to help the wrong person.
“Lee Arnold used William’s kind heart and good nature to gain his trust and then stabbed him to death.
“I would like to take this opportunity to reassure the LGBT community that I do not believe this was a case of Arnold randomly attacking somebody from within that community.
“Sadly, it appears that he and William had previously met, which ended up leading to his tragic death.”