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Man convicted of stabbing "kind-hearted" girlfriend to death

Natasha was murdered by her boyfriend Lloyd Brackenbury. Photo: MEN Media

A man has been convicted of killing his girlfriend who was found stabbed to death at their home in Rochdale.

Lloyd Brackenbury, 31, is now facing a lengthy jail term after being found guilty of the manslaughter of student and school dinner lady Natasha Wild.

The court was told Brackenbury called an ambulance to their house on Middle Hill in Syke. When paramedics arrived they found Miss Wild on the sofa struggling to breath and Brackenbury covered in blood.

Natasha, 23, was rushed to hospital but later died. A post-mortem found she died of a single stab wound to the left lower neck.

Brackenbury denied murder and was found not guilty by a jury after an eight-day trial at Manchester Crown Court. However he was found guilty of manslaughter. He was remanded in custody and will be sentenced next month.

The issue of diminished responsibility will be considered by the judge at the hearing.

Natasha was found stabbed to death at her home in Rochdale. Credit: MEN Media

Miss Wild was studying at Liverpool Hope University, and had also been working at Matthew Moss High School in Rochdale at the time of her death, where she was formerly a pupil.

Her death was the second tragedy suffered by her family in just over a decade.

Her brother, Alan Wild, aged nine, Layla Wild, 23, believed to be her step-sister, and Layla’s 11-month-old daughter, Courtney Nabb, died in a house fire on Albion Street in Rochdale, alongside family friend Cole Ridgway, two, in June 2005.

It’s believed the blaze was started after an electrical fault involving the tumble dryer.

After Miss Wild’s death in March this year her mother led the tributes, saying:

“Natasha was kind-hearted and clever and was working towards her final year in university.

“This is a tragic waste of life of a lovely and beautiful daughter.”

– Natasha Wild's mother.
Natasha Wild was studying at Liverpool Hope University. Credit: MEN Media

Matthew Moss School headteacher Mark Moorhouse said at the time:

“A fantastic and much-loved member of our school community, both as a pupil and then as a member of the staff team. Natasha will be much missed.”

– Matthew Moss School headteacher Mark Moorhouse