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Killer faces life in prison for stabbing friend to death

Killer Dean Johnson could face life after stabbing friend Paul Wilkinson to death last year

A man has been convicted of murder after stabbing his friend to death with a kitchen knife.

Killer Dean Johnson appeared at Newcastle Crown Court on Thursday April 7 where he admitted to stabbing his friend Paul Wilkinson to death on December 4 last year.

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Johnson had met the 47-year-old the day before and had been staying at his flat on Church Walk in Walker.

The evening turned into a nightmare for Mr Wilkinson’s family when he was found dead the following morning with multiple stab wounds to the stomach.

Officers and emergency services were immediately called but Wilkinson was pronounced dead at the scene.

Johnson was arrested immediately and charged with murder.

Johnson was immediately arrested by the police

The homeless 52-year-old appeared at Newcastle Crown Court where he pleaded guilty to murder.

Chief Detective Inspector Graeme Barr of the Northumbria Police Major Investigation Team said: ‘It has been an incredibly upsetting time for Paul’s family but yesterday’s guilty plea will thankfully spare them any other distress caused by the trial.

“While no sentence or outcome will ever bring Paul back, I hope Johnson’s acknowledgment of his actions and the severe damage and devastation they have caused will serve as a first step toward the closure the Wilkinson family deserves.

“As a Force, we are committed to addressing serious violence and working hard to reduce the devastating impact knife crimes can have on people and their loved ones.

“I would like to thank all of the officers involved in this case for their hard work and assistance in preparing a strong evidentiary record that resulted in a dangerous offender being brought to trial and pleading guilty.”

Johnson is due to be sentenced on Friday, June 10.