AN evil uncle who stabbed his nephew to death in a senseless attack has been told he will be jailed for life.
Alan Cooper was convicted of murdering 14-year-old Jordan Cooper at their Washington home.
The 32-year-old lunged at his sister’s son as the youngster sat watching television with his grandmother, after a row over a mobile phone.
Popular Biddick School pupil Jordan suffered nine separate knife wounds in the ferocious assault in Newriggs, Fatfield.
Cooper had admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility, but denied murder during a week-long trial at Newcastle Crown Court.
His defence team said he was suffering an abnormality of mind which diminished his responsibility for what happened.
But after just over four hours deliberation, jurors found him guilty of murder by a majority verdict of 10 to one.
Judge John Milford said he would set a tariff on Friday, and he paid tribute to the dignity of the grieving family, many of whom had been witnesses in the case.
The judge also commended the police family liaison officers involved with the devastated relatives.
He told Cooper: “You have been convicted by this jury of murder.
“The only sentence I can pass upon you, and I will in due course, is imprisonment for life.
“I have to determine what is the minimum term you should spend in custody before the parole board may consider, and I emphasise consider, you for parole.”
At the next hearing, victim impact statements will be submitted from those effected by Jordan’s death.
Cooper did not give evidence at the trial, but claimed he had no memory of what he did to his nephew.
In a letter to Jordan’s mum, his own sister, shortly after the killing, he wrote: “I don’t really know what to write, I don’t know what to say.
“In fact there is nothing I can say to you to justify what has happened.
“All I can say sis is I swear to you, and you know how close we have been, I would not lie to you, I can’t remember anything that happened.
“I still can’t get my head around it, if anything gets mentioned to me I just break down, I can’t believe this is happening and what I have done.
“I have blown the family apart.
“I can’t imagine how you are feeling, I know how I feel; it is heartbroken, I just wish I could turn back time.
“I don’t know what the hell is the matter with me, I just wish it had never happened.
“All I can say sis is I’m so sorry, I know that means nothing, I don’t know what I can say.”
Cooper did not react when the guilty verdict was read out.
Newcastle Crown Court heard tragic Jordan had been talking to his girlfriend on the phone while sitting up watching TV in his grandmother’s bed when the stabbing started, on February 28.
His frantic grandmother Susan Smith, who had lying next to Jordan when her son pounced, tried to protect the schoolboy then made a desperate 999 call pleading for help as the assault went on in the background.
Jordan’s girlfriend, also a young teenager, heard what was going on through the phone.
The court heard as he was being taken to hospital, Jordan said to a paramedic: “I’m going to die aren’t I?”