A 21-year-old man who said he carried a knife around for ‘protection’ has been sentenced to life at Birmingham Crown Court today, after stabbing his girlfriend’s step-father to death in April.
Luke Ayres stabbed 41-year-old Marcus Wye eight times, including a fatal blow that pierced his heart as a longstanding feud between the two ended in the stairwell of a block of flats in Druids Heath, Birmingham.
Ayres admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility today and was sentenced to life imprisonment, with an indeterminate sentence.
Mr Wye was found by police on April 5 this year in the communal area of his eighth-floor flat at Drews House, Netheravon Close. Despite officers and paramedics providing emergency first aid he was declared dead just after 10.30pm.
Ayres, who regularly carried a knife around claiming it was "for protection" had previous altercations with Mr Wye on numerous occasions in the past.
Armed police stopped Ayres in Redhill Road, West Heath, shortly after the stabbing where he was found to have traces of blood on his jeans. Police later recovered a hunting knife with a four-inch blade, believed to be the murder weapon.
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