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Teenager who stabbed a grandmother to death has been 'detained indefinitely'

A teenager who stabbed a shop assistant to death as she worked a shift at a store in Sunderland has been detained indefinitely.

Ethan Mountain left grandmother Joan Hoggett, 62, with 29 knife wounds in an attack at the One Stop Shop in Fulwell, Sunderland, last September.

The 19-year-old, who was carrying a bag of knives and wearing a horror mask when he carried out the killing, admitted manslaughter.

Ethan Mountain Credit: Northumbria Police

Mountain was on trial for murder, but a judge ordered the jury to return a not guilty verdict on that charge. The court heard Mountain had been diagnosed with ADHD when he was 12 years old and had received psychiatric treatment the year before he killed Joan Hoggett.

He'd told medics 'someone will get killed and then I will get arrested'.

Joan Hoggett Credit: Family Photo

Legal teams for the prosecution and defence agreed that Mountain is a paranoid schizophrenic and "very ill".

Mr Justice Butcher made Mountain the subject of a hospital order, without limit of time.

I consider it is clear your pose a significant risk of causing serious harm to members of the public by committing further offences.

– Mr Justice Butcher
Joan Hoggett was 'the rock' of her family Credit: Family photo

In a victim impact statement read out in court, Mrs Hoggett’s daughter, Michelle Young, described her mother as “the life and soul of any party”.

It’s extremely difficult for me to put into words the impact of losing my mam, who was the rock that kept the family together.

Mam was the reason for all our family events and she really was the life and soul of any party.

I do not want to live fearing people, looking over my shoulder to see if they are going to attack. I just want life to be normal again, albeit without Mam here in person but forever in our hearts.

– Hoggett family statement
The One Stop Shop in Fulwell, Sunderland, where Joan was killed Credit: Northumbria Police
  • “Joan’s family have shown incredible bravery since this tragic incident,”

Following the hearing, Superintendent Paul Milner, of Northumbria Police, praised Mrs Hoggett’s family and the team of detectives who worked on the case.

It is clear from their heartfelt tributes and the reaction from the wider community of Sunderland that Mrs Hoggett was a well-liked and much-loved woman, whose death brought a considerable amount of sadness.

These types of crime are rare in the North East, but in most cases the perpetrators are known to the victim. However, there was no link whatsoever between Joan and Ethan Mountain, who carried out this random attack.

No outcome could ease the pain for Joan’s family and friends, who remain in our thoughts. I would also like to praise the dedication and hard work carried out by detectives who ensured Mountain had his day in court.

– Superintendent Paul Milner