A teenager who stabbed to death a 17-year-old over a Facebook feud scrawled a ‘sick’ cartoon of the killing on his cell wall.
Cody Turner died after being stabbed in the chest with a 10-inch long carving knife by Cameron Schofield, also 17.
Manchester Crown Court heard that the victim’s family had gone to Schofield’s Bolton home to confront him.
Killing: Cody Turner (left) was stabbed to death by Cameron Schofield (right) in a row over posting ‘abusive’ comments about a family tragedy on Facebook
They suspected he was responsible for abusive comments about a family tragedy posted on Facebook.
Cody’s sister Lois and Schofield’s mother Jennifer began fighting, said Ian Unsworth QC, prosecuting.
Schofield then stabbed Cody with ‘severe’ force, using the largest of a small arsenal of knives he had in the house.
The 17-year-old will now spend at least 11 years behind bars before the authorities are allowed to consider his release and could serve much longer than the minimum term.
The court heard that in a ‘chilling’ final insult, Schofield scrawled a picture of his crime while on remand earlier this year.
The sketch, on a pillowcase recovered from his cell, depicts a man with a knife sticking from his chest. Next to it the teenage killer scrawled a smiley face and the words, ‘haha, haha’.
Classmates: Cody passed 12 GCSEs at Sharples School in Bolton, which his alleged attacker also attended
Sentencing, Judge Clement Goldstone QC, called the crude drawing ‘sick’.
He said: ‘How you could ever have thought that what you had done was funny defies belief. It’s a chilling piece of evidence for which only a very limited excuse can lie in your troubled mental state at the time. Cody Turner’s death was as tragic as it was unnecessary.’
Mr Unsworth described how Cody – who left Sharples School with top GCSE grades – made a ‘forlorn attempt’ to flee after being stabbed.
A neighbour then saw him crumple to the floor like ‘a puppet whose strings had been cut’. Cody’s relatives and onlookers battled to save his life as the killer ran inside to call 999. Cody was declared dead at the Royal Bolton Hospital.
After being charged with murder Schofield told police: ‘I just want his family to know I’m really sorry and I didn’t mean to do it.’
While he was on remand concerns for his mental health grew after an officer saw him self-harming and pacing in his cell – and the disturbing pillowcase picture was found.
Defending, Stephen Meadowcroft QC said: ‘They came to his house and they came to confront him. He didn’t go looking for trouble.’
The court heard that childhood experiences had left Schofield scarred by a post-traumatic disorder.
However, sentencing, Judge Clement Goldstone said this ‘provided limited explanation or excuse’.
Sending him down, he told Schofield: ‘By your wicked violence you have snuffed out the life of a boy, who, like you, had his whole life to look forward to.