A man found guilty of the murder of 40-year-old Jason Joseph Clark by a unanimous jury has today (Tuesday 21 December) been sentenced to life in prison, with a minimum of 23 years.
Patrick Sean Clayton Jnr, 26, was convicted on Friday 26 November of brutally stabbing Mr Clark at least 15 times at a block of flats on Beech Close, Hull in March.
During the three-week trial, Patrick Clayton Jnr admitted killing Mr Clark whilst giving evidence. Coupled with overwhelming evidence gathered during the police operation, the jury returned their verdicts in approximately an hour.
Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Grant Taylor, said: “No amount of time in prison for Patrick Clayton Jnr will ever bring back Jason Clark for his loved ones, but I hope now the case is finalised and sentence imposed, it goes some way to bringing his family and friends closure.
“It was a despicable and lawless crime, which he will now have plenty of time to reflect on behind bars.
“I’d like to thank Jason Clark’s family, the community and my team for their support throughout this investigation.”
Judge Thackery on sentencing called the attack ‘cowardly’ and ‘premeditated’ on ‘someone with little chance to defend himself’.