A man who stabbed his friend to death in Crawley has been jailed for 11 years.
22 year old Macauley Lawless of Ifield Road, Crawley, was found guilty of manslaughter.
20 year old Sam Caulfield from Mayfield was found at a flat on Spencers Road on 18th June last year.
CCTV showed him arriving at the entrance to the block of flats and making his way up several flights of stairs to the home of Jessica Roberts.
At 2.43am a call was made to emergency services reporting that he had been stabbed.
The two people, Mitchell and Roberts, who spoke to the ambulance controller, were keen to stress that the stabbing had occurred outside the flat.
Police officers who were first to arrive at the scene discovered Sam on the floor of the kitchen with a single stab wound to his abdomen.
While he was still alive at this time, he was unresponsive and stopped breathing a few minutes later.
As the officers commenced chest compressions, paramedics arrived and carried out emergency surgical intervention in a bid to save his life.
He was transferred to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, where he sadly died at 6.45am.
As paramedics fought to save Sam, police spoke to the four people in the flat, including Lawless who was in an agitated and hostile state threatening to kill whoever had attacked his friend.
A post mortem showed that Sam died as a result of a single stab wound to the abdominal aorta and in the opinion of the Home Office pathologist who carried it out, he would have collapsed almost immediately after being stabbed.
When co-defendants gave evidence at court that disproved claims that Sam had been stabbed before entering the block of flats, Lawless changed his story, claiming that he had picked up the kitchen knife, used to strike the fatal blow, in self-defence, but this was dismissed by the jury who returned a verdict of guilty after retiring for five days.
Lawless was jailed for eight years for manslaughter and a further three years for the conspiracy charge.
In the dock with him were John Mitchell, 21, (top right) Jessica Roberts, 25 (bottom right) and Leah Delgado, 24, (bottom left) all from Crawley and all found guilty of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
Mitchell was jailed for three years and the two women both received two year sentences.