Man sentenced for murder and wounding

A MAN has today (Tuesday, January 7th) been sentenced to 24 years in prison after pleading guilty to murdering his former partner’s boyfriend and of wounding her.

Gareth Mason, 26, admitted one count of murdering Adam Stirrup and one of the wounding of Katrina Rudrum when he appeared at Preston Crown Court yesterday (Monday, January 6th). He was originally charged with murder and attempted murder but he admitted the murder and the alternative charge of wounding on what was due to be the first day of his trial.

Police were called at 12.45am on Sunday, August 4th by the ambulance service to reports of a stabbing at Stud Farm Holiday Park in Heysham.

Officers discovered Miss Rudrum suffering from serious stab wounds to the neck, abdomen and back. Her 28 year old partner Adam Stirrup was found nearby also suffering from stab wounds.

Both were taken to the Royal Preston Hospital where sadly Mr Stirrup died of his injuries. Miss Rudrum was later transferred to the Royal Blackburn Hospital and has since recovered from her physical injuries.

Mason, who is originally from Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire was arrested by officers in Stoke on Trent a short time after the stabbing and charged.

Detective Supt Paul Withers, of Lancashire Constabulary’s Force Major Investigation Team, led the inquiry. He said: “I am satisfied with the sentence passed today as it reflects the appalling gravity of Mason’s actions. This was a truly horrendous incident which cost a young man his life and which left his partner very seriously injured. While she has now recovered physically, she may never fully recover emotionally or psychologically.

“Mason, motivated solely by the jealousy he felt that his former partner had started a new relationship, has left two families devastated by his actions.

“Gareth Mason is a very violent and dangerous individual who now faces a lengthy custodial sentence to reflect on what he has done. At least his guilty pleas have spared the families the ordeal of having to re-live these tragic events through a trial

“Our thoughts remain with the family of Adam and we will continue to support them and Katrina as long as is necessary

The family of Adam have said “Adam was a much-loved and loving son, father and brother who has been taken from us in the prime of his life. Nothing can ever bring him back.

“We would like to express our gratitude to the police and legal team for their continued support. We do not think we would have got through this without it.”