UPDATED: Dad speaks out as Blencowe sentenced to life for murder of Connor Tremble

William Blencowe, of Banbury, convicted for the murder of Connor Tremble NNL-140829-092755001
William Blencowe, of Banbury, convicted for the murder of Connor Tremble NNL-140829-092755001

William Blencowe has today (Friday) been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Connor Tremble.

Blencowe, of Oxford Road, Banbury, was sentenced to a minimum of 23 years, less time already spent in custody, after an Oxford Crown Court jury found him guilty of murder yesterday.

Judge Patrick Eccles described the attack by the 21-year-old as “vicious and planned”.

Blencowe admitted fatally stabbing Connor 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.

Sentencing Blencowe, Judge Eccles said: “It is difficult to comprehend the terror and pain Connor must have experienced as he was confronted without warning in his own home by a man he did not at the time recognise who was armed with a knife and who then in a frenzy of anger, jealousy and hate stabbed him 15 times to his body and a further 11 thrusts with the knife that missed him as he tried to protect himself.

“For two days the doctors battled to save Connor’s life but it could not be saved. His parents then faced the saddest choice that anyone could ever face, namely to agree that the life support machine for their son be turned off so that he could die in peace.

“Although you said during the trial you were sorry for what had happened to Connor, you will never understand the depth of pain and sorrow you have inflicted not only on Connor but on his mother, father and other family members.”

In a statement released by police, Connor’s father Martin Smith said: ““Will Blencowe admitted killing Connor. Then made up a pack of lies to blacken Connor’s name and justify the brutal premeditated crime. Our family is grateful that the jury saw through these lies and gave Connor the justice he deserved.

“Our thanks go to the paramedics and staff of the JR2 Adult Intensive Care Unit for their valiant efforts to save Connor’s life. Our family also thanks Thames Valley Police, the DPP and Richard Barton for bringing Blencowe to justice.

“Our special thanks go to the family liaison officers DC Claire Routledge and Katy Datchler for their care and support over these last months.

“In his short life Connor touched many lives. He will be greatly missed and always remembered.”

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Glover, from Thames Valley Police’s Major Crime Unit, said: “This sentence reflects the severity of the crime Blencowe has committed.

“Throughout this process Blencowe has shown no remorse for his actions which lead to 17-year-old Connor’s death. Blencowe has not done anything to help police with the investigation and he will now have a long time in prison to reflect upon his actions.”

- Video: Connor Tremble interviewed by police

- Video: Blencowe’s mother releases powerful statement outside Oxford Crown Court following Thursday’s guilty verdict