Moseley man jailed for life for murder of Martin Latham in Asda car park

Brian Willington has been jailed for a minimum of 22 year

A man from Moseley has been jailed for life for the murder of Martin Latham.

Brian Willington was sentenced to a minimum 22 years. at Wolverhampton Crown Court today (Thursday 12 May), eight days after he was found guilty of murder.

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It ends a seven-month long investigation by detectives and forensic experts.

Brian Willington killed Martin

At around 9.15pm on 6 September 2021, West Midlands Police started to received multiple 999 calls that a man had been stabbed outside the A supermarket on Wolverhampton Road, Heath Town, Wolverhampton.

Minutes before, Martin and Brian who knew each other, had started arguing.

Things quickly got more serious and Brian, of Hawkley Close in the Moseley neighbourhood, pulled out a knife stabbing Martin several times in the chest. He died in hospital just under an hour later.

Brian had run off but was tracked down by police and arrested three hours later.

Martin as his family will always remember him

What did West Midlands Police say after sentencing?

Detective Inspector Adam Jobson, from Force CID, said: “Martin was 41 when he died. His life was ended too soon. He had so much more to experience and much more to give.

“His death has left his family and friends devastated. They will never get over the shock of what happened.

“From our call handlers who quickly answered the 999 calls and sent officers to help, to forensic teams who searched for evidence, people across West Midlands Police worked around the clock to secure Brian Willington’s conviction. The people who helped Martin in his final moments should also be thanked, as should those who helped with our investigation by providing statements.

“This is long jail sentence. I hope Martin’s family find some peace knowing that the person who robbed them of a son, brother, uncle, dad and a grandad will now pay the price. Our thoughts remain with them.”

Martin’s family, said: “As a family we are all truly devastated over the death of Martin. Our lives will never be the same again.”

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