Man Jailed For Life For Murder Of Chris Matthews

26 November 2018, 14:59 | Updated: 26 November 2018, 15:04

Spencer Hobson

A 50-year-old Northampton man has been sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to the murder of Chris Matthews in June 2018.

Spencer Hobson, of Victoria Gardens, Northampton, was sentenced today at Northampton Crown Court. He will serve a minimum of 18 years.

Hobson previously appeared at Northampton Crown Court on Monday, October 8, where he admitted killing Mr Matthews, 42, at his home in Victoria Gardens on June 22, 2018. Mr Matthews died as result of multiple stab wounds.

Detective Inspector Stuart Hitchon, from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit Major Incident Team, said: “This was a violent and senseless murder and I welcome the sentence handed down today. Hobson brutally stabbed Chris multiple times, before attending a police station to confess his crime a few hours later. He will now serve at least 18 years in prison. I would like to thank Chris’s family for their courage and support throughout the investigation and criminal justice process. It has been an extremely difficult and distressing few months for them and I hope Hobson’s guilty plea and the sentence handed down will help bring them some comfort and closure. The family are devastated at the loss of Chris. He was a much loved son, husband, father and brother who will no longer be there to see his children grow up or be there for future family events.”