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Wrexham man found guilty of murder after stabbing friend

A 20-year-old man from Chester Road, Wrexham, has been found guilty of murder after fatally stabbing his 19-year-old friend, Kyle Walley, in the heart on 11 July 2021 in Rhosymedre. Mark Jones had posted disturbing videos on Snapchat prior to the attack, showing himself drinking cider and bourbon with Walley at his flat and making stabbing motions towards him.

Jones had also sent threatening messages to Walley, including an image of himself with a cartoon knife and the message “I’m going to stab you up tomorrow.” The prosecution revealed during the trial at Mold Crown Court that Jones had an “obsession” with knives, and that he had a history of violent behavior.

During the trial, the court was shown videos of Walley lying dead while Jones kicked him and made bloodstained confessions to the camera. Jones claimed that he acted in self-defense, but the judge, Mr Justice Stephen Eyre, rejected his defense and sentenced him to life imprisonment.

The minimum term that Jones will serve in custody will be determined on Friday. The tragedy has left Walley’s family and friends devastated, with many struggling to come to terms with the senseless loss of a young life.

The case has raised concerns about the dangers of knife crime and the importance of addressing mental health issues and violent behavior. The community has been urged to report any concerns about individuals who may be at risk of committing violent acts and to seek help and support if they are struggling with their mental health.

The authorities have also called for increased vigilance and tougher penalties for those who carry and use knives.