Teenage killer found guilty of murdering man in Joyners Field

Crime / Fri 17th May 2024 at 12:25pm

A TEENAGE killer who stabbed a much-loved father and partner to death before fleeing justice has been convicted of murder following an investigation.

Tieran Carmody, 19, inflicted a single stab wound on 35-year-old Max Richardson near Joyners Field, Harlow, on Monday 21 August last year.

Rather than hand himself in, he went on the run.

An investigation traced the movements of Carmody in the hours and days following the murder.

This work led to his arrest less than a week later on Sunday 27 August, in Basildon.

Today, Friday 17 May, he was unanimously convicted of murder by a jury at Chelmsford Crown Court.

He is due to be sentenced at the same court on a date yet to be set.

Initial response

Accounts taken from witnesses at the scene revealed Max had confronted Carmody near to his home and a children’s play park in Joyners Field on the evening of 21 August.

Carmody had been described as loitering near properties and the play park, making children in the area feel uncomfortable.

Max, alongside neighbours, confronted him as he stood astride a bicycle smoking cannabis.

They asked Carmody why he was scaring children, Carmody lashed out at Max and a scuffle followed.
Carmody pushed Max over a large branch which was lying on the ground nearby, causing him to fall to the floor.
The scene of the murder in Joyners Field, Harlow

After shoving Max away, Carmody was seen to walk back towards his bike.

He grabbed his rucksack, from which he drew a long, bladed weapon before withdrawing it from a sheath.

Returning to Max, who by this point held his hands up in a surrendering motion, Carmody stabbed his victim once through the stomach.
Witnesses described this assault as a calm and deliberate act.

He was seen to return the blade to its sheath and stow it back inside his rucksack, before fleeing the scene on his bicycle.

Officers and paramedics arrived and provided immediate care to Max, but he was sadly pronounced dead while en-route to hospital.

Search for suspect

A manhunt was launched and images of Carmody, taken from doorbell and CCTV footage, were analysed and released to the public.

Police were able to build a timeline of his movements, establishing he was helped by 19-year-old Harrison Barnett.

Carmody and Barnett were captured on CCTV at a shop in Pitsea, and leaving a pub in Benfleet, in the days following the murder.

A spokesperson said: “Our investigation revealed Barnett had provided shelter to Carmody, allowing him to use his mobile phone to speak with friends and family, and to conduct the internet searches.

“On Barnett’s phone, we found searches for our appeal and news articles covering the stabbing.

“A further internet search queried how a person can leave the country without a passport.

Barnett, of St Marys Crescent, Basildon, was arrested and later denied a charge of perverting the course of justice, but stood trial alongside Carmody and was convicted.

He too will be sentenced at a later date.

Detective Chief Inspector Ashley Howard, of our Serious Crime Directorate, said:
“Firstly and most importantly, I must address the fact the victim, a family man with young children, lost his life in the most cruel and needless fashion.
“Max had everything ahead of him. He was due to be married.
“Instead, he was killed for simply caring about the safety of his neighbourhood.
“He died because Carmody chose to carry a large knife with him, a knife Carmody stated he carried for safety, however it was this weapon he used to murder a stranger.
“Carmody murdered Max for no other reason than he felt affronted that someone had dared to stand up to him.
“He stabbed Max deliberately and with purpose, intending to cause at the very least, serious harm to his victim.
“Nothing will give Max’s family their loved son, partner, father, brother and friend back.
“They have been supported throughout our investigation and the trial by specialist family liaison officers, but they must in their own way each now come to terms with a future without Max.
“Hopefully, they can draw some small amount of solace from the knowledge his killer has been brought to justice.
“Right from the outset of this investigation, when we received a call reporting Max had been seriously assaulted, a dedicated team of officers and staff were committed to apprehending the person responsible.
“There is never a good reason to carry a knife in public, particularly a knife of this horrifying nature, and no world in which it can be justified.
“Carmody has forever blighted the life of his victim’s family, but he has also ruined his own life.
“He can rightly expect to spend many years behind bars.”

In a statement issued before the trial, Max’s family said:
“Our beloved Max. Son, fiancé, father, brother, friend.
“Max, the life and soul of us all.
“Always will be in the hearts of his family and his children who miss him dearly. Words cannot describe the pain we are all feeling right now.
“He will be solely remembered for the person that he was. Funny, caring and always there for his young children.
“Rest in peace now our beloved Max, always and forever in our thoughts and hearts.”

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18 Comments for Teenage killer found guilty of murdering man in Joyners Field:

2024-05-17 13:34:21

Long drop short stop will sort this murderous vermin out.

Postman Pat
2024-05-17 15:09:11

Give over Gazza. This is a dysfunctional youth of which there are many irrespective of their colour lashing out at people when challenged. Kids these days think it’s cool to carry these weapons, whether they mean to use them or not. Our justice system has to be better at punishing people for carrying weapons.

2024-05-17 15:35:26

postman pat - that is because they know their victim is unarmed it is time to be like the free states of the US and allow legal concealed carry. The police and government have lost control of the UK streets, the prisons are full, it is only going to get worse.

Richard Stean
2024-05-17 16:37:10

Here here gazza!! Don't be afraid to say what's on your mind. They are ALL the same, carry knifes, think they are gangsters andlisten to bollocks likestormzy tellingthem this is the wayto be. It has to stop. National service or leave the country

2024-05-17 16:58:59

Two lives ruined (and their families), for what? Utterly pointless and so very sad,

2024-05-17 17:22:15

88% of knife is committed by the BAME community FACT.

Jimmy mountain
2024-05-17 17:23:04

It’s a shame stop and search is so racist!

2024-05-17 17:38:14

Gazza, and the BAME community is more likely to be in poverty in the UK. Poverty & crime are often partners.

Jimmy K
2024-05-17 18:29:54

Poverty and crime!!! This is Harlow…. So poor white kids are stabbing each other? Stop the excuses why don’t the black celebrities come out and stop Knife Crime instead of Stormzy refusing stop and search or performing at Glastonbury in a stab proof vest, glorifying knife crime… it’s not about poverty it’s about culture, gangs, music

2024-05-17 18:31:46

Trace stop making excuses this is why we are in the mess we are in. Poverty does not give you an excuse to stab and murder people. This is why we are in the mess we are left wing idiots making excuses for everything apart from holding people to account for their actions.

Clark Renney
2024-05-17 19:23:52

May I first and foremost, extend my condolences and prayers to the family and friends of Mr Richardson, who have clearly lost a deeply loved man. And whilst I understand the feelings of Adam, (above), I would strongly counsel against any thoughts of relaxing gun laws in this country. The United Kingdom has around 35 gun deaths per annum. The United States has 109 EVERY SINGLE DAY. If we allowed people to carry guns, even concealed, the result would be that those now carrying blades, would be carrying guns. Instead, I would suggest that anyone found carrying a blade with good reason does five years without parole. Period.

Clark Renney
2024-05-17 19:25:43

*Without good reason.

Theresa Merry
2024-05-17 22:09:26

This boy of 19 came out with a knife knowing he would use it no excuses for him hope he gets along life sentence, sadly this is the way we live now and it won’t stop

2024-05-18 01:40:18

The jails are releasing prisoners already because of over crowding. There are thousands of kids running around with knives.. Society is proper broken.

2024-05-18 10:08:43

Didn't Harlow vote Tory,mugs!

2024-05-18 17:58:21

So you took my comment down about Labour opening the floodgates to cheap labour!

2024-05-19 07:44:11

Steve. What is who was voted in got to do with this murder. Bring back national service and capital punishment, that would reduce it in no time . Maybe they would think twice before using knives , if they thought they would take the long drop short stop. And 2 years national service is a must , teach them respect.

2024-05-19 17:14:03

He coldly and intentionally stabbed Max when he was lying on the ground. Things need to change. 19 years of age and not fit to ever live in our society. A long drop from the end of a rope is what he should get, as he has intentionally taken a life. He is no use to society.He has torn many lives apart & broken many hearts. Our justice system needs a huge overhaul. This guy should never see the light of day ! My thoughts are with Max's family

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