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'Macho posturing' by teenager cost young man's life; Judge's outburst as killer Buckle gets 13 years for Sean's murder.

Byline: John Davies Court Correspondent editorial@examiner.co.uk

A TEENAGER who stabbed to death a man in Huddersfield last summer will have to serve at least 13 years in custody before being considered for release.

Jamal Buckle was just 17 when he knifed 22-year-old Sean Annandale in the chest and leg during an early hours fight in Golcar.

And today, a judge said the teenager's actions that night had shown an element of "macho posturing" and bravado.

On Wednesday a jury found 18-year-old Buckle guilty of murdering Mr Annandale during the incident last August and Judge Peter Benson said he was satisfied that the teenager had armed himself with a knife before leaving his flat on Elm-field Avenue.

The jury at Bradford Crown Court heard claims that Buckle's neighbour and friend Leah Owen was being verbally abused outside his flat, but Judge Benson said the teenager's initial remarks from his window had inflamed the situation. The judge said Buckle should have left it at that, but instead he deliberately armed himself with the knife before going outside.

"You were determined, in my judgement, to make it clear you were not going to be intimidated by the men outside ... so as I say there is here an element of bravado and that's what took you down to that confrontation knowing as you did that your intervention from the upstairs window had made matters worse," the judge told Buckle.

Mr Annandale was stabbed four times, including once in the heart, by Buckle and Judge Benson said the attack had involved repeated blows of significant force.

Buckle was the first person to ring for an ambulance and Judge Benson said he was sentencing the teenager in the basis that he did not have an intention to kill Mr Annandale.

Buckle was sentenced to detention for life and Judge Benson said he had read a moving statement from Mr Annandale's father.

The judge said the killing had had a devastating impact on the deceased's "broken family".

"As a result of your actions a young man in the early years of his adulthood lost his life," the judge told Buckle.

"That young man, whose life you took, was a hard-working young man. An apprenticetrained bricklayer looking forward to a career in the building business.

"A much-loved son, brother and uncle and each one of the family has suffered severely as a result of what you did.

"Their loss is immense and I extend the sympathy of this court to members of his family. Nothing I can do today will balance their loss and I hope they understand that."

Judge Benson said the family of Mr Annandale had heard evidence which had been very difficult for them to bear and he was impressed by their dignity and calm during the trial.

Buckle, who has a young son, handed himself in to police after he was driven away from the scene by a friend.

Barrister Jason Pitter QC, for Buckle, said he had expressed sorrow for the death of Mr Annandale.

Mr Pitter said although there may have been a "macho element" his client had intervened in the incident to protect somebody else.

Judge Benson noted that although Buckle was said to have expressed remorse that had not prevented him from contesting his guilt so he could not give him any credit for a guilty plea.

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Mar 4, 2016
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