Murderer jailed for life
PUBLISHED: 14:18 26 March 2008 | UPDATED: 22:15 26 October 2009
MURDERER Mark Russell has been jailed for life for stabbing to death a dad-of-two. The 31-year-old was told he would serve at least 14 years behind bars for killing love rival John Redhead outside his flat. Sentencing this afternoon (Wednesday), Judge Mic
MURDERER Mark Russell has been jailed for life for stabbing to death a dad-of-two.
The 31-year-old was told he would serve at least 14 years behind bars for killing love rival John Redhead outside his flat.
Sentencing this afternoon (Wednesday), Judge Michael Baker called the attack "a vicious multiple stabbing".
He said: "The jury has seen through the facade of lies you put forward as a defence.
"There was no gun or serious threat against you."
The defendant, stood in the dock in a tracksuit, showed no emotion as he was told he would not be eligible for parole for 14 years.
If and when he was released, the judge told him, he would serve the rest of his life on licence.
Russell's parents were in the public gallery at St Albans Crown Court alongside family and friends of the victim.
Russell, of Chester Close, Little Heath and Kelly Sanchez - the woman at the centre of the love triangle - were unanimously convicted by a jury earlier today.
Sanchez, 21, of Mutton Lane, Potters Bar, sobbed in the dock as she was found guilty of murder by aiding and abetting.
The judge adjourned her sentencing until April while he awaits reports. Her bail was revoked and she was taken into custody.
* During the trial, the court had heard Mr Redhead was stabbed four times with a kitchen knife outside his flat in Barnet Road, Potters Bar, on August 26 last year.
The 40-year-old staggered away with the knife still sticking out of him and was caught on CCTV collapsing on the forecourt of the Murco petrol station.
Russell had denied murder, saying he was acting in self-defence after Mr Redhead pointed a gun at him.
Prosecutor Anne Evans told Sanchez she had egged Russell on, and was the cause of her boyfriend's murder.
She said: "You watched him murder your boyfriend in cold blood. You are the only reason this has happened, and you were laughing."
The court was told Sanchez had been having sex with Russell, but had spent that evening taking cocaine and drinking with Redhead.
She was later kicked out of The Bridge House pub in Mutton Lane, and called Russell to pick her up.
They then waited near the petrol station, close to Redhead's home, to ambush him.
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