A teenager has been jailed for life for the brutal murder of his former friend, who he stabbed 12 times in the back on Scarborough’s seafront.
Macauley Jenkinson, aged 17, of Main Street, Seamer, was found guilty of murder this afternoon by a jury at Teesside Crown Court at the conclusion of the nine day trial.
The Recorder of Middlesbrough Judge Bourne Ayton sentenced Jenkinson to a minimum 16 years’ imprisonment.
He was also given a four year prison sentence to run concurrently for wounding after stabbing Michael’s friend, who came to his aid, in the leg.
Michael, who was aged 19 when he was murdered, was stabbed in the back 12 times by Jenkinson, who violently attacked him armed with a flick knife during a fight near the Olympia arcade in Foreshore Road, at around 11.30pm on 13 April.
Jenkinson later boasted in a text to his girlfriend that he had stabbed Michael 12 times.
The injuries that Michael sustained in the attack proved to be fatal and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Officers sealed off the scene and an area at St Nicholas Cliff Gardens as they launched a murder investigation.
During their enquiries, detectives identified Jenkinson as a suspect and was arrested on the afternoon of 14 April. The following day he was charged with Michael’s murder.
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.
“Macauley Jenkinson attacked Michael in such and 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.”