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Man given hospital order for fatal stabbing

November 29, 2017
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A 19-year-old man has been given a hospital order for fatally stabbing a man in Sneinton last year.

Ben Richardson, of Main Road, Gedling, admitted he caused the fatal stab injury to 27-year-old Martin Maughan.

Nottingham Crown Court heard today (Wednesday 29 November 2017) the two men had attended a party at a flat in West Walk, Sneinton, and later became involved in an argument which continued outside the property and ended in a short scuffle.

Moments later Mr Maughan walked back into the living room with his hand over his chest, where he was bleeding, and slumped on the floor. Richardson, who had turned 19 that day, ran off.

Officers were called to the flat at 6.02am on December 10, 2016 and found Mr Maughan with two stab wounds to the chest.

Paramedics and a doctor attended and carried out medical intervention before he was taken by ambulance to the Queen's Medical Centre, where he was pronounced dead.

A post-mortem examination revealed the cause of death was a stab wound to the chest that had pierced internal organs and caused fatal injury.

The police investigation identified through witness enquiries that Richardson was the suspect and the following afternoon he handed himself in.  

Richardson had admitted manslaughter by loss of control at a previous hearing at Nottingham Crown Court.

Richardson has been declared dangerous by the court and will not be released until the mental health tribunal believe he offers no further risk to society. He faces spending the prime of his life detained in a secure mental health facility under lock and key.

Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Rob Severn, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: "This is a tragic incident which has resulted in a young man losing his life following an argument that quickly escalated.

"Sadly it illustrates the tragic consequences that carrying a knife can entail.

"Richardson, who had a knife, lost control and became a killer. The devastating impact on the victim's family and friends will be with them for the rest of their lives. 

"Nottinghamshire Police take knife crime very seriously and every effort will made to arrest offenders and them responsible for their crimes."

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