Teenager receives life imprisonment for stabbing his best friend to death

A young man has been sentenced to life. After stabbing his best friend to death outside his home in Newhaven, Sussex on the 6th January.

Teenager receives life imprisonment for stabbing his best friend to death: A court heard that Trent Hutchinson, 17, repeatedly stabbed his friend, Ollie Wells, 18, in the back and skull in the vicious attack. A seven day trial has taken place at Hove Crown Court. Where the judge, Jeremy Gold QC, allowed the assailant to be named after an application from Mr Wells family.

Hutchinson had allowed his friend Ollie to sleep over at his mother’s house the night of the attack. And it was said that he had a “fascination with knives”. Police said that after Ollie had answered the door to some men. Hutchinson accused him of bringing trouble to his door and a fight subsequently broke out.

Punches were thrown and Ollie left the property with Hutchinson following.

However, after only a very short time the defendant returned to the house and told his mother he had stabbed his friend. Paramedics were called to the scene but unfortunately Ollie was pronounced dead in the street.

Later, Andy Wolstenholme, Chief Investigating Officer for the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Unit, said that the tragic incident will impact on both families for life. He went on to say that Hutchinson had prepared a defense. Stating he was using self defense but the way the injuries were sustained this was obviously not the case.

Mr Wells family have released a statement saying “Ollie’s death and the horrific way he died has been devastating for our family. He was the youngest sibling and loved very much. Ollie was a very smiley, happy, cheeky boy. And despite facing challenges due to his autism was well-liked and had a great deal of potential. He enjoyed many activities including horse-riding, sports and playing his flute, drums and guitar. He was also a very keen supporter of Chelsea football club”.


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