'This is the damage that carrying a knife can cause': Man jailed for life over Reading murder

O'Neal Joseph, convicted of murdering Yannick Cupido
Thames Valley Police
O'Neal Joseph, 28, who has been convicted of murdering Yannick Cupido. Credit: Thames Valley Police

A 28-year-old man has been jailed for life after stabbing a man to death in Reading.

Yannick Cupido, 24, died of fatal stab wounds following the altercation in Managua Close, Caversham earlier this year.

A jury found O’Neal Joseph guilty of murder at Reading Crown Court on Tuesday.

Today, he was sentenced to life with a minimum of 24 years in prison.

Detectives said the tragic case laid bare the damage carrying a knife can cause.

Reece Weatherburn, aged 22, of Caversham, was also convicted of two counts of assisting an offender at the same hearing. He was also jailed for three years for assisting an offender.

Reece Weatherburn. Credit: Thames Valley Police

The jury heard Joseph was involved in an altercation with Cupido on February 14th.

Cupido suffered a fatal stab wound and later died from his injuries.

Joseph was charged in connection with the incident three days after the stabbing, and Weatherburn was charged three months later.

Senior investigating officer, Detective Inspector Mike Roddy, said: “This was a tragic incident in which a young man needlessly lost his life.

“It is yet another example of the serious consequences of knife crime, and the damage that carrying a knife can cause.

“Because of this, Yannick’s family have lost someone who otherwise would not have lost his life. They have shown incredible strength and dignity throughout this process and I would like to thank them for that.

“If anything comes of this case, I hope it is that it makes people think about the dangers knives can do.

“If Joseph had not done that, Yannick would still be alive.”