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Murderer ignored plea to halt attack.

Byline: Rob Kennedy Court Reporter rob.kennedy@ncjmedia.co.uk

AMURDERER who ignored his sister's pleas to stop attacking her partner has been jailed for life.

Leanne Mould had earlier plotted to have estranged boyfriend and father of her child, Michael Stead, beaten up after they fell out.

Her brother, Daniel Mould, and accomplices Michael Young and Trevor Creighton turned up armed with a hammer and steel sharpener.

Daniel Mould, wearing a mask and gloves to conceal his identity, savagely attacked Mr Stead and continued even after Leanne Mould begged him to stop.

Mr Stead, 34, suffered catastrophic head injuries and died nine months later.

Earlier this week, Mould 26, of Chester Terrace North, Sunderland, was convicted of murder and conspiracy to inflict GBH and has now been jailed for life, with a minimum of 23 years.

Jurors failed to reach a verdict on the murder charge for Young, 26, of Rutherglen Road, Sunderland. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was locked up for 13 and a half years.

Leanne Mould, 34, of Brady Street, and Creighton, 33, of Lumley Street, both Sunderland, were found guilty of conspiracy to inflict GBH. Mould was jailed for six years and Creighton for 10 and a half years.

The quartet were brought into court separately to be sentenced after trouble flared previously in the dock between the Moulds and Young.

Newcastle Crown Court heard Mr Stead had been in a relationship with Leanne Mould for several years and they had a young child.

Their relationship had been "turbulent" and they were living apart, at either ends of Brady Street, in Pallion, Sunderland, last year.

On March 21, there were a series of "vitriolic" texts between the pair and Leanne Mould accused Mr Stead of stealing PS30 of her state benefits and being unfaithful.

That afternoon, she saw him and threw a bottle, and Mr Stead ran away.

She contacted her brother, who arrived with others in the car looking for Mr Stead.

Leanne Mould then called police to allege the PS30 had been stolen but, after speaking to Mr Stead, officers concluded there was no evidence of a crime and advised the pair to avoid contacting each other and let things cool down.

That evening, Daniel Mould contacted his cousin, Creighton, and a plan was hatched to "go and teach Mr Stead a lesson".

Judge Rodney Jameson QC said: "They armed themselves with a hammer and knife sharpener, both were wearing gloves and Daniel Mould was wearing a mask.

"Each intended to cause Michael Stead really serious harm."

The judge said, at some point, Young joined the other two, having previously himself had a confrontation with Mr Stead, who may have believed Young and Leanne Mould had been intimate.

Judge Jameson said: "Whatever is the case, it's apparent during the course of the day that Daniel Mould, Michael Young and Leanne Mould had what each believed to be reasons to cause harm to Mr Stead." As he was confronted in the street near his home, Mr Stead picked up a wooden leg from some furniture to try to defend himself. He denied sending the threatening texts and said to Daniel Mould they were supposed to be pals.

Creighton left the scene and, after an initial disturbance, so did Daniel Mould and Young. But Mould and Young then returned.

Judge Jameson said: "Mr Stead was disarmed then put to the ground, where the fatal assault took place.

"Daniel Mould was clearly the principle, I can't be certain what Michael Young did. It's clear both men were acting in concert."

Despite plotting to have Mr Stead attacked, there came a point when Leanne Mould wanted it to stop.

The judge said: "She begged Daniel Mould not to use his weapon on the defenceless Mr Stead. She wanted the assault to stop. This is an important matter to take into account."

The court heard Daniel Mould was an intelligent young man who had squandered his life through drink and drugs.

Judge Jameson said he had flown into a "murderous rage" at the perceived insults to his sister and mother by Mr Stead.

And he said Leanne Mould's attempt to assault Young in the dock earlier this week showed she has a temper which is uncontrollable at times.

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