The 14-year-old lad who – along with his older brother – stabbed his mother’s boyfriend to death has been jailed for six years.
Teenager Jerome Ellis and Joshua, 23, killed 54-year-old Neil Tulley in a bloody attack as he “slept” on the sofa in the family home in Bellfields, Surrey, last year. Mr Tulley’s body was found by the pair’s horrified mother, Marie Ellis, with his head nearly severed due to 65 stab wounds.
In February, Jerome was found guilty of manslaughter on the grounds of loss of control. He will serve half his sentence in custody. His older brother Joshua will be sentenced for murder next month.
During the trial, Jerome gave evidence telling Guildford crown court he was thrown out of his father’s home in January 2012. He went to his mother’s house to stay with her and his brother. But an argument ensued which led to Mr Tulley being charged with the attempted murder of Joshua after attacking him with an axe, the Surrey Advertiser reported.
Jerome told the court that Mr Tulley was a threat to everyone in the family. He added: “We went to the kitchen and we took two knives from the drawer and we attacked him.”
Jerome went on to tell the jury that he was not thinking properly, that the events were a blur and claimed that the pair immediately fled the house afterwards.