Man found guilty of Washington murder

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A MAN has been found guilty of the murder of Washington stab victim Andrew Lucas.

Mark Spalding, of Kestrel Close, Ayton, was today found guilty of murdering the 20-year-old, who was stabbed to death in a stairway of a block of flats last November.

VICTIM ... Andrew Lucas.

VICTIM ... Andrew Lucas.

Co-accused Paul Mallin, of Dunstanburgh Close, Washington, was found not guilty of murder and manslaughter.

The jury returned their verdict after 24 hours of deliberation.

Sentencing will take place in a few weeks time.

Mallin was found not guilty of murder or manslaughter.

DCI Christina Barrett, from Northumbria Police’s Major Crime Team, said: “My thoughts have been with Andrew’s family throughout this investigation; it has been a difficult ordeal and has had a devastating impact on them.

“I’d like to thank them for their support during the investigation, which has helped to achieve this conviction. This was a horrific crime which has left many people devastated.

“I’m satisfied with the verdict of the court and hope that it will give Andrew’s family and friends, in some small way, comfort to know he will spend a considerable amount of time in jail for his actions. My thoughts remain with them at this difficult time.”