Teenager who killed ‘best friend’ with single stab wound in Mansfield found guilty of murder

A teenager has been found guilty of murder following the stabbing of a man inside a house in Mansfield last year.

Saturday, 8th February 2020, 11:13 am

Jonathan Treadgold, 18, of Kent Close, Worksop, was today (Friday, February 7)) convicted of the murder of 18-year-old Liam Gray following a 10 day trial at Nottingham Crown Court.

Following his conviction Nottinghamshire Police has released harrowing audio footage of the 999 call made by Liam’s granddad after his grandson had been stabbed by Treadgold.

Liam’s granddad, who witnessed the assault, provided first aid as he desperately tried to save him.

Jonathan Treadgold, 18, of Kent Close, Worksop (left) was today convicted of the murder of 18-year-old Liam Gray (right) following a 10 day trial at Nottingham Crown Court.

CCTV footage also shows Liam’s and Treadgold’s movements before the stabbing, including them both in a shop, as well as footage of Treadgold running from the scene.

On the afternoon of August 1 2019, Nottinghamshire Police officers were called to a house on Gladstone Street, Mansfield, following a report of a stabbing inside.

Paramedics treated Liam before he was taken to Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre where he died a short time later from a single stab wound to his chest.

Earlier that afternoon Liam had met up with Treadgold and another man at a house on Gladstone Street.

They walked to a local shop to buy alcohol before returning to the house. They were drinking in the garden and later made their way to a local pub.

Treadgold returned to the Gladstone Street address separately, followed by Liam and the other man.

A short time later Treadgold came out of the back door and told a man that he’d stabbed Liam before he ran off.

The man went back inside into the kitchen and saw a large knife on the floor with blood on it.

He then went into the dining room where he saw Liam standing behind a sofa and holding a tea towel to his chest, with blood on his white T-shirt. Liam asked him to call an ambulance.

The court heard that Treadgold later turned up at an address in Mansfield, where his mum was visiting a friend, and he told them he’d stabbed and killed Liam.

Speaking after Treadgold was convicted of murder today, Detective Chief Inspector Kevin Broadhead, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: "This is an incredibly tragic case which saw a young man lose his life as a result of a single stab wound.

"Liam’s family has understandably been left devastated by his death and the thoughts of the entire investigation team remain with them at this difficult time."

Assistant Chief Constable Kate Meynell, also of Nottinghamshire Police, added: "Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to Liam’s family and friends for their loss.

"This tragic case is a stark reminder of the devastating consequences of knife crime.

"While we’ve seen a significant decrease in knife crime in Nottinghamshire, bucking the national trend, Nottinghamshire Police remains committed to tackling this serious issue and bringing knife crime offenders to justice.”

Treadgold will appear at Nottingham Crown Court for sentencing next week on Monday, February 10.