Murderer faces life in jail after admitting stabbing Sunderland man to death

CRIME SCENE: Police at Cumberland Terrace, Willington, where a man's body was found. Picture: TOM BANKS
CRIME SCENE: Police at Cumberland Terrace, Willington, where a man's body was found. Picture: TOM BANKS
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A KILLER is facing life behind bars after admitting murdering a man during a robbery gone wrong.

Daniel Oxley stabbed Michael Outhwaite, from Sunderland, to death while trying to get his hands on the victim’s money.

CRIME SCENE: Police at Cumberland Terrace, Willington, where a man's body was found. Picture: TOM BANKS

CRIME SCENE: Police at Cumberland Terrace, Willington, where a man's body was found. Picture: TOM BANKS

Mr Outhwaite, 42, was found dead in a field in Willington, near Crook, County Durham, in September.

At Newcastle Crown Court today Oxley, 22, of High Street, Willington, pleaded guilty to a charge of murder.

He appeared at the court via videolink to HMP Durham.

Sentence was adjourned until January 5 and Oxley was remanded in custody in the meantime.

Judge Paul Sloan QC told him: “You must understand, there is only one sentence that can be imposed in respect of the offence of murder and that is a sentence of life imprisonment.

“However, the court is bound to indicate the minimum period you must serve before you could even by considered for release.”

Tim Roberts QC, defending, said Oxley accepts he took a knife with him to the scene of the killing.

Mr Roberts said: “He embarked upon a robbery of the deceased, to take money from the deceased, and in the course of that robbery he unlawfully took the life of the deceased.”