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20 May 2015, 16:56 | Updated: 20 May 2015, 17:04
An 18 year old's admitted killing a student in a park in Chelmsford just before Christmas.
Ashley Wooley was stabbed to death in Oaklands Park in Moulsham Street just after 3.15pm on Thursday, December 18, 2014.
Steven Davenport, from Hillside Grove, initially denied the charges, but today, on the first day of his trial, he pleaded guilty to murder.
Senior Investigating Officer, Supt Mark Hall, said: "I am pleased that Steven Davenport has admitted his guilt and has saved Ashley’s family the trauma of having to endure a trial after being left devastated.
"Ashley was popular and well-liked in the community and his death shortly before Christmas last year caused widespread shock and distress.
"Local enquiries enabled police to quickly identify and arrest Davenport as the suspect. He now faces a substantial term of imprisonment"
Ashley’s family released the following statement after the court hearing today:
"On December 18, 2014, we were going about our daily lives and at 5.25pm we received the tragic news Ashley had been murdered. We still don’t know how our lives are going to carry on. We were then and are still in pieces.
"Ashley was loving and caring and always smiling. He would have done anything he could to help you. Why this happened to Ashley we will never know.
We miss Ashley every minute of every day: his murder has stolen our lives. Everybody who knew Ashley loved Ashley.
"We miss Ashley and pay for him every night wishing we could bring her home. We will never again hear his laugh or see his cheeky smiley face.
"We would like to thank everyone that helped Ashley at the time and everyone who has helped us since. We will never get over the loss of Ashley.
Rest in peace Ash; Forever young.”
Davenport's due to be sentenced on July 10th.