On July 11, 2021, Mark Harley Jones, 19, went to Kyle Walley’s, 19, house in Rhosymedre, Wrexham, Wales, around lunchtime to watch the football final between England and Italy.
By 4:45 p.m., Walley was dead on his kitchen floor after Jones stabbed him.
During the trial, Jones’ Snapchat stories were shown, including videos of him drinking cider and bourbon at the victim’s residence. Jones was also seen making stabbing motions towards Walley while holding a knife when his back was turned.
The videos, which were posted online, showed Walley lying dead while the defendant kicked him and Jones appears in another Snapchat story showing his bloodstained hands to the camera saying he “stabbed up” Walley and he was “going to do time.”
At the time of the attack, officials said Walley was on the phone with a friend, Attia Jones, who heard an argument between the two men and Walley shouting “put the knife down.” She also heard Jones shouting “it’s my ADHD,” followed by screaming.
An acquaintance of Jones, Harry Meadows, said he saw the clips on Snapchat in the hours leading up to Walley’s death, BBC News reported. Meadows also said he had seen other videos of Jones with knives and Jones had threatened to kill him in the past.
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On March 17, Jones was found guilty and was sentenced to at least 16 years in jail.
In a statement, Snapchat executives said, “Violence has devastating consequences for families and communities and there is no place for it on Snapchat.” They added, “If Snapchatters see violent content on the app, we encourage them to report it immediately using our in-app tools so we can investigate and take action,” BBC News reported.
In court, Robert Walley, the dead man's father, read a victim impact statement. “We feel the best years of his life have been taken from him,” he said. "The circumstances around the murder have been incredibly difficult to deal with. Our family has a huge hole that will never be filled."
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