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Life imprisonment for man who knifed businessman 30 times in 'random, senseless' murder

Ian Dollery and his wife Andrea. Credit: Lancashire Police.

A schizophrenic man who murdered a "wholly innocent" engineer while on a drugs binge has been jailed for life.

Jobless Robert Kay, 49, walked past the open garage of Ian Dollery's seaside home in St Annes, Lancashire, and stabbed him in front of his screaming wife, Andrea, and their 22-year-old daughter, Grace.

The attack took place on the evening of June 18 last year just hours before the Dollerys were due to go holiday and after the defendant had injected himself with amphetamines and drunk eight cans of Tennent's Super lager.

Before the murder, Kay had told friends he was "the son of Satan" and had been given "a list of things to do".

The court was told Grace Dollery used a broomstick to force Kay, armed with a large kitchen knife, out of the garage of the detached property in York Road.

Father-of-three Mr Dollery, who worked at BAE Systems all his life, suffered more than 30 stab wounds, some made with considerable force, and later died in hospital.

Kay - who had never met his victim - had admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility but a jury at Preston Crown Court convicted him of murder.

The defendant was suffering from a long-standing illness at the time of the killing but had failed to co-operate with mental health services over the years, the court heard.

Robert Kay will serve at least 23 years for the murder of Ian Dollery. Credit: Lancashire Police.

"My life, and that of my family and friends, has been shattered into tiny pieces never to be restored

"I am only here today because of my daughter's courage and quick thinking."

– Andrea Dollery's victim personal statement.

“This is a tragic case in which Ian Dollery was murdered in a random and senseless attack.

“He was cruelly taken away from his family by Robert Kay, a man who he did not know and had never met.

“Kay has now been brought to justice for his actions but I am aware that it will not bring Mr Dollery back and nothing will ever compensate his family for their loss.

"My thoughts, and those of the officers who worked on this case, remain with them at this time.”

– DCI Jonathan Holmes, Lancashire Police


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War veteran recognised 70 years after making the most difficult journey in the world

He was a war veteran who spent his service on what Winston Churchill called the 'worst journey in the world'.

Gerry Grant, who's now 91 and has lost his sight, was a sailor on the Arctic Convoys in the Second World War.

He and his colleagues braved German U-Boats and extreme cold to deliver supplies to Russia.

Today, almost 70 years later and back home in St Annes, he received the Ushakov medal.

Our Lancashire reporter Victoria Grimes has the story:

Toddler's death caused by drowning

Dalmeny Hotel in St Annes Credit: ITV Granada Reports

A post mortem examination has revealed that a three-year-old girl who died after she was pulled from a hotel swimming pool in Lancashire drowned.

The girl, who is from Galashiels in the Scottish borders, was believed to be on holiday with her parents at the Dalmeny Hotel in St Annes.

A 40-year-old woman who was arrested on suspicion of murder and child neglect remains on bail.


Police say death of three year old 'unexplained'

Police in Blackpool say they're continuing their investigations into the death of a three year old girl at a hotel pool. Officers were called by the Ambulance service at around 11am yesterday morning after reports of a child drowning in a swimming pool at the Dalmeny Hotel on South Promenade in St Annes.

We are treating this tragic incident as an unexplained death and are continuing to investigate just how the child has come into difficulties in the pool. Our thoughts remain with the child's family at this sad time.

– Detective Chief Inspector, Dean Holden

A 40 year old woman from Galashiels remains in custody after being arrested on suspicion of murder and child neglect. The child, a three year old girl on holiday from Galashiels was removed from the water by a member of the public who jumped in to help along with a member of staff from the hotel.

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