Will Blencowe, of Oxford Road, Banbury, has today been found guilty of murdering 17-year-old Connor Tremble.
This afternoon a jury in Oxford Crown Court returned the verdict after a trial which took place over three weeks.
The 21-year-old admitted fatally stabbing Connnor in his flat in Fairacres Road, Oxford, on February 13 this year.
But he denied murder, claiming he was acting in self defence and was suffering from a mental disorder at the time.
His co-defendants Grant Clemens, 24, of Stockwells, Moreton-in-Marsh, and Bradley Jones, 21, of New Road, Bledington, were both acquitted of perverting the course of justice by providing Blencowe with clothing and arranging transport for him.
Following the verdict, Adrian Amer, defending Blencowe, said: “In taking away the life of Connor, Will Blencowe has taken away his own life. As Connor exists no more, Will Blencowe in reality exists no more.
“He accepts that when released he may never see his mother again in the outside world and that is its own way a particularly difficult thing for him to accept. He tells me he hoped that he would one day be able to lead a fulfilling and productive life, possibly marry and have children. He now knows to a great extent these life chances will be denied to him. It is a tragedy of the greatest magnitude.”
Speaking after the court hearing, DCI Mark Glover, senior investigating officer, said: “Blencowe’s motives were fuelled by jealousy and he was spurred on by the thought his former girlfriend was going to spend Valentine’s Day with Connor. Tragically, this did not happen as Connor was fighting for his life instead, and sadly lost this battle the following day.
“My thoughts remain with Connor’s family. I know nothing will bring Connor back to them but I hope the conviction today of Blencowe will provide them with a sense that justice has been served.”
Blencowe will be sentenced back at Oxford Crown Court tomorrow (Friday).