Two men sentenced after Sunderland teenager stabbed to death

Two men have been sentenced after a Sunderland teenager was stabbed to death in the city centre in February.

Leighton Barrass, 20, has been sentenced to life with a minimum of 20 years in prison for the murder of 18-year-old Connor Brown.

His co-accused, Ally Gordon, also 20, was given three years and six months in prison for the manslaughter of Mr Brown.

Barrass and Gordon were convicted for fatally attacking the teenager in the early hours of February 24.

Mr Brown suffered five stab wounds during an altercation behind The Borough Pub.

Connor Brown died after an altercation in a back alley in Sunderland in February Credit: Family photo

The court was told Mr Brown initially got into a row with Barrass and Gordon after they had tried to sell he and a friend drugs following a night out in Sunderland.

A short time later, Barrass threatened Mr Brown and a group of his friends with a knife, claiming he “would stab any one of them”.

Barrass then stabbed his victim five times as Gordon joined in the attack by kicking and stamping on the teenager.

After those nearby learned the extent of Mr Brown’s injuries, Barrass fled the scene but was restrained by door staff who were working in the city centre and had been alerted to the attack.

Police arrested Barrass near the alleyway where Mr Brown died, and after becoming aware of Gordon’s involvement, officers tracked down Gordon and detained him in Scotland.