Murderer took knife from hostel before stabbing man to death for cash

Daniel Oxley, who has admitted murdering Michael Outhwaite.
Daniel Oxley, who has admitted murdering Michael Outhwaite.
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A MURDERER is facing life behind bars after he killed 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.

Murder victim Michael Outhwaite, 42, of Sunderland.

Murder victim Michael Outhwaite, 42, of Sunderland.

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

At Newcastle Crown Court yesterday (MON) Oxley, 22, of High Street, Willington, pleaded guilty to a charge of murder.

Tim Roberts QC, defending, said Oxley has accepted from the start he was to blame for Mr Outhwaite’s death.

Mr Roberts added: “He accepts the full basis of facts underpinning this count of murder.

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

“That basis of facts is he accepts he took a knife with him from the hostel where he was staying.

“He went to the scene of the crime with the deceased, where 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.

“That full basis of facts is accepted by Mr Oxley, without reservation.

“He has always admitted the offence of murder.”

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 Roberts said “there doesnt’ seem to be any point” in requesting a pre-sentence report and said Oxley has already been assessed by a psychiatrist.

Oxley appeared at the court via videolink to HMP Durham.

Sentence was adjourned until January 5, where the case has been listed for an hour-and-a-half hearing, and he 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.”