Four convicted at end of Sunderland dad murder trial

Clockwise from top left, Daniel Mould, Michael Young, Leanne Mould and Trevor Crighton. Background, Brady Street, where the attack took place.
Clockwise from top left, Daniel Mould, Michael Young, Leanne Mould and Trevor Crighton. Background, Brady Street, where the attack took place.

Four people have been convicted following the death of a Sunderland dad after an attack plotted by his former girlfriend over a £30 debt.

Michael Young and Daniel Mould launched a joint assault on much-loved Michael Stead outside his Millfield home in March last year.

Victim Michael Stead.

Victim Michael Stead.

During a trial, Newcastle Crown Court heard how the pair blamed each other for the murder.

But a jury of seven women and five men found Mould, 26, guilty of murder and conspiracy to commit GBH with intent.

Young, 26, also stood trial on a charge of murder.

Yet after the jury failed to convict him, he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter, which was accepted by prosecutors.

The victim's ex-lover, Leanne Mould, 34, has also been convicted in relation to the murder after jurors heard how she plotted the violence over a £30 debt and allegations of infidelity.

Miss Mould, alongside Young, Mould and Trevor Creighton had an angry confrontation with the victim outside his Brady Street home at around 9pm on March 21 last year.

The court heard how a second stand-off took place around an hour and a half later and that Young and Daniel Mould, who were armed, launched the murderous attack.

The dad-of-three suffered extensive head fractures and a bleed on the brain after the two defendants beat him with a hammer and a knife sharpener.

Mr Stead, 34, was left in a vegetative state until he passed away in hospital on December 28 last year.

Jurors heard how a witness told police she saw Young walking away from the scene saying "we've killed him, we've killed him".

During the trial, prosecutor David Brooke told the court: "There was a confrontation at about 10.30pm with Michael Stead outside his home.

"That involved Daniel Mould, Trevor Creighton and, at that time, Michael Young as well, at a time when Leanne Mould was also present.

"The prosecution say the three male defendants left after an initial incident, where there was some form of confrontation.

"Then, Daniel Mould and Michael Young, the first two defendants, came back to the scene and it was then they inflicted injuries on Michael Stead in an attack that ultimately led to his death."

Leanne Mould and Creighton were found guilty of conspiracy to commit GBH with intent.

Daniel Mould, of Chester Terrace North, his sister, Leanne Mould, of Brady Street, Creighton, of Lumley Street, and Young, of Rutherglen Road, all Sunderland, are due to be sentenced on

Friday.