Heartbroken mum of William Lound makes statement

William Lound (right) and sister Gini who took her own life after his murder Credit: North News

The heartbroken mother of William Lound whose killer was today jailed for life has said her son's death could have been prevented had his killer been properly monitored by the authorities.

Salford University student William, 30, was stabbed to death by paranoidschizophrenic Lee Arnold after he'd allowed the homeless 37-year-old totake a shower at his halls of residence.

Arnold, who pleaded guilty to murder earlier this month, had a history ofmental health problems and had spent much of his adult life in secureinstitutions.

He had been staying in a supported hostel but was kicked out in December2015 because he'd been causing problems for other residents, Manchester Crown Court heard.

He was today sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 23 years and four months.

Earlier this month Greater Manchester Police revealed that they weretreating William's murder as a 'homophobic and transphobic' hate crime and His Honour Judge Potter said this was reflected in the severity of the sentence.

William's mother Mo Lound believes that if Arnold, who had not been taking his medication, had been properly cared for in the community then her sonWilliam, and daughter Virginia, who was found dead four months after her brother's murder, would still be alive.

Virgina was just 28 when she was discovered in the cornershop she ran on Bury Road in Southport, on June 19.

In a statement issued after sentencing William's mother Maureen, known asMo, said: