Connor Tremble stabbing: Jealous love rival guilty of murder

Will Blencowe Image copyright Thames Valley Police
Image caption Will Blencowe was described as "aggressive and paranoid"

A jealous ex-boyfriend has been found guilty of murdering his teenage love rival who he stabbed 15 times.

Will Blencowe, 21, took a taxi to the flat of his ex-girlfriend's new partner, Connor Tremble, in Oxford before repeatedly stabbing him.

Mr Tremble, 17, died two days later in hospital on 15 February.

Oxford Crown Court heard Blencowe was "aggressive and paranoid" and had been unable to accept his ex-girlfriend was in a new relationship.

Blencowe, of Oxford Road, Banbury, is due to be sentenced on Friday.

Grant Clemens, 24, of Stockwells, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, and Bradley Jones, 21, of Chipping Norton, were both cleared of perverting the course of justice.

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Image caption Connor Tremble died in hospital on 15 February

'Kept taxi running'

Blencowe's ex-girlfriend Aimee Harrison told the court he was "paranoid, over-protective and jealous" and would spit in her face.

She said she started going out with Mr Tremble in January after ending her four-year relationship with Blencowe in September.

The court heard on the night of the stabbing Blencowe had taken a taxi to Mr Tremble's home in Faircares Road, Oxford, and told the driver to wait as he went inside.

The prosecution said Mr Tremble tried to defend himself with his arms but was stabbed repeatedly.

He was found with stab wounds to his chest, hands and legs in the social housing flat he was living in.

Police later found samples of Mr Tremble's blood at a hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon, where Blencowe had stayed that night.

During the trial Blencowe denied murdering the teenager, claiming he was in a "fantasy world" at the time of the stabbing.

Speaking on the court steps after the verdict, Mr Tremble's mother Lisa said her son's killer had shown "no mercy".

Image caption Blencowe had taken a taxi to Mr Tremble's home in Faircares Road, Oxford

"Will Blencowe is responsible for committing the most horrific and violent murder of our beloved Connor, which he carried out with detailed planning," she added.

Det Ch Insp Mark Glover, said Blencowe had committed a "pre-planned unprovoked attack fuelled by jealousy".

"This conviction is a tragic reminder of the dangers of knife crime and its human cost," he added.

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