Jonathan Cox has been sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Kyle Wright, aged 17. The 18-year-old stabbed Wright in the chest outside a party in in May 2022, following a minor feud between the two groups.
Wright passed away despite the attempts of paramedics to administer first aid. In a tribute, his mother described her son as ‘sweet and gentle’ and said that he would never harm anyone.
During the 14-day trial at Guildford Crown Court, prosecutors presented CCTV footage showing Cox cycling away from the scene of the crime before returning home. Additional footage displayed him leaving and returning to his address multiple times over the course of the evening and the following day.
Prosecutors claimed that Cox disposed of his clothing, mobile phone, bike, and the knife he used to stab Wright. Despite extensive searches, none of these items were ever found by police.
Cox was arrested the day after the murder following a police investigation. Analysis of Cox’s phone indicated that he made requests for help to ‘burn everything in the forest.’ Investigators also found a statement from Cox admitting that he had not intended to commit murder.
In sentencing Cox, Judge Rufus Taylor QC described him as ‘very dangerous.’ Cox received a life sentence with a minimum term of 20 years.