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Man jailed for life for murdering childhood friend after row over drugs and a woman

James and his young son Leon Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

A 25-year-old man has been jailed for life for murdering his childhood friend in Cambridge last July.

James Cromwell, who was 27, died after he was stabbed in the heart, following a row with friend Abdul Korim Ali, over drugs and a woman.

James who is from the city, collapsed in Darwin Drive after running to get help, and later died in hospital.

The knife used in the murder Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

The knife used in the murder was found in the front garden of the house directly opposite Ali’s in Darwin Drive.

Ali was arrested on suspicion of James’ murder on 3 July and, following his arrest, a significant cut was found on the index finger of his right hand.

Ali admitted having an argument with James on the day of his death, but denied having anything to do with the stabbing.

He was found guilty of James Cromwell’s murder, following a seven-day trial at Cambridge Crown Court.

25-year-old Abdul Korim Ali grew up with James Cromwell Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

James Cromwell's family released the following statement: “Although Woody has been found guilty of the murder of James, no sentence, big or small, will bring James back to us and heartbreakingly, his young son Leon will never see his father ever again.

"There are no winners in this outcome, only losers.”

Ali’s younger brother, 24-year-old Abdul Salam Ali, also faced trial for intimidating a witness, after it was alleged he said he would ‘burn alive’ anyone who said something against his brother.

He was found guilty following the 7-day trial and sentenced to three years in prison.

Abdul Korim Ali will serve a minimum of 23 years in prison.

Forensic officers at the murder scene in June 2017 Credit: ITV News Anglia