A teen girl is expected before a judge this morning to be sentenced for manslaughter.

The girl, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was convicted last month of the manslaughter of Keith Green in Banbury on the eve of Valentine’s Day.

Mr Green, 40, was stabbed to death in the garden of his Howard Road home by love rival Mark Meadows and younger brother Travis Gorton.

Both killers were given life sentences a fortnight ago.

The victim’s partner Louise Grieve, who was in an on-off affair with Meadows, was jailed for eight years after jurors found her guilty of manslaughter.

During the trial, the jury heard that the youth was said to have opened a side gate to let Meadows and Gorton into the back garden before they lay in wait for Mr Green to return to his shed after he had showered inside.

The girl also exchanged messages with Meadows in which she appeared to describe Mr Green euphemistically as ‘one chunky problem’.

Judge Ian Pringle KC, the Recorder of Oxford and the judge who oversaw the almost eight week-long trial, is expected to start the girl’s sentencing hearing after 11am today.

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This story was written by Tom Seaward. He joined the team in 2021 as Oxfordshire's court and crime reporter.  

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