A man who stabbed a Maryport dad before fleeing the scene has today been convicted of murder and given a life sentence.
33-year-old Sean Morrin, of Nelson Street, Maryport, was found guilty of the murder of William Richardson at Carlisle Crown Court today.
He was sentenced to life and must serve a minimum of 25 years.
The court heard how on 8 August 2017, Morrin was waiting close to The Labour Club on Senhouse Street in Maryport, hiding behind parked vehicles, armed with a knife and waiting for Mr Richardson to walk past.
He then stepped out and stabbed Mr Richardson in the neck and face, knocking him to the ground.
A witness described seeing Morrin, in the darkness, continuing to strike at Mr Richardson as he lay on the pavement.
Mr Richardson was found to have stab wounds to his neck, face, chest and numerous wounds to his back.
Morrin ran from the scene but was located soon afterwards by a police dog handler - hiding at the riverbank in Irish Street. He was found crawling on his hands and knees with blood on his hands and clothing.
Morrin was initially informed he was being arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm. He responded that he'd expected it to have been attempted murder.
The court heard Morrin carried out the attack after becoming embroiled in an argument with Mr Richardson and another man outside The Labour Club earlier in the evening.
The third man in this group told officers Morrin had offered to fight them and he and Mr Richardson chased him away.
Morrin then returned to the area a short time later armed with the knife.
Morrin refused to answer questions in his police interview. However, when informed of Mr Richardson’s death he replied: “Why did I have to go back?”