A teenager is facing a life sentence after a jury found him guilty this afternoon (Wednesday) of murdering 22-year-old Sean Annandale last summer.
Mr Annandale, from Lindley, was stabbed four times, including once in the heart, when he was attacked by Jamal Buckle last August.
Buckle, now 18, claimed he had been acting in self defence, but a jury at Bradford Crown Court took just three hours to reject his evidence and return a unanimous guilty verdict on the murder charge.
The teenager, who was just 17 at the time of the fatal stabbing, showed no emotion as the foreman of the jury formally announced the guilty verdict.
Judge Peter Benson said he did not want to sentence Buckle, of Elmfield Avenue, Golcar, immediately but he confirmed that the teenager now faced an inevitable life sentence.
After submissions from the prosecution and defence barristers Judge Benson will have to decide how long Buckle must stayin custody before he could be considered eligible for parole.
At the start of Buckle’s trial last week prosecutor Simon Waley told the jury that the teenager had deliberately caused Mr Annandale’s death.
“The prosecution case is that Mr Buckle came down from his flat armed with a knife,” said Mr Waley.
“There followed a short scuffle between Mr Buckle and Sean Annandale in which Mr Buckle deliberately and forcefully stabbed Sean three times in the chest and once in the thigh.”
Mr Waley told the court that Buckle was “armed and ready” for the confrontation with an unarmed man.
Buckle was remanded back into custody overnight and he will be brought back to the crown court tomorrow (Thursday) for his sentence hearing.