Sentences given for Michael Stead murder
11 Aug 2017 14:00 PM[View Full Size]
Four people have today been sentenced in connection with the death of a man from Sunderland.
On Monday, March 21 2016, 34-year-old Michael Stead was assaulted in Brady Street in the Pallion area of the city.
He was set upon by two men, Daniel Mould and Michael Young in a planned and unprovoked attack, orchestrated by Michael's then partner, Leanne Mould. A third male, Trevor Creighton, has been convicted of taking part in the planning of the attack on Michael Stead.
Michael never regained consciousness after the brutal assault. Sadly, on 28th December, he died from his injuries whilst at the Sunderland Royal Hospital, nine months after the attack took place.
Daniel Mould, 25, of Chester Terrace North, received a life sentence with a minimum of 23 years with a concurrent 14 year sentence for conspiracy to commit GBH.
Michael Young, 25, formerly of Rutherglen Road in Sunderland has been given a 13.5 year sentence for manslaughter.
Leanne Mould, 34 of Brady Street and Trevor Creighton, 33 of Lumley Street have received six and ten year sentences respectively for conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm.
Senior investigating officer, DCI Lisa Theaker said:
"This was a cold and calculated attack by this group of four. In the course of the attack Michael was struck on the head with a hammer and suffered massive head injuries as result. We welcome today's sentences from the court and we hope this gives Michael's family some sense of justice."
Michael's family have discussed the enormous impact his death has had on them:
"Michael's death remains a very raw and painful memory and will always be something that we associate with the Christmas period. To lose Michael due to his being so violently attacked, for no reason, is even more cruel. We had to watch Michael for nine months slowly getting more ill as a result of the terrible injuries which had been inflicted on him.
"Michael's four year old daughter is now going to have to grow up without a father. His two teenage children will have to deal with a future without having their dad to turn to. As a family we will never be able to accept what has happened to Michael."