Murderer sentenced to 26 years

A man has been jailed for 26 years for stabbing a 17-year-old boy to death in Hastings earlier this year.

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Murderer sentenced for schoolboy stabbing

A man's been jailed for 26 years for stabbing to death a 17-year-old schoolboy in Hastings.

Lewes Crown Court heard that Jacob Woudstra was in the wrong place at the wrong time when he was murdered by Adam Skilton after a dispute in the Shah Public House in April.

Jacob died from a single stab wound to the chest. Malcolm Shaw reports. All pictures of Jacob are used courtesy of The Argus newspaper.

Man sentenced to 26 years for pub stabbing

Adam Skilton, 42, of Wilton Road, Bexhill, was found guilty of murdering Jacob Woodstra following a dispute in the Shah Public Hous Credit: PA

A man has been jailed for 26 years for stabbing a 17-year-old boy to death in Hastings earlier this year.

Adam Skilton, 42, of Wilton Road, Bexhill, was found guilty of murdering Jacob Woodstra following a dispute in the Shah Public House in Mount Pleasant Road on April 5th.

Jacob died as a result of a single stab wound to the chest.

Wesley Long, 35, of High Street, Hastings, and Levi Woodstra, 19, of Mount Pleasant Place, Hastings, pleaded guilty to offences at earlier court hearings.

Long was sentenced to nine months for perverting the course of justice and Woodstra to six months for affray and possession of an offensive weapon.

Det Sgnt Sean Scott said: "Although nothing will bring Jacob back, we're pleased that the family have today got justice for the terrible crime that took him away from them so senselessly.

"This was a violent attack on a young man who had his life ahead of him. Jacob was in the wrong place at the wrong time and inadvertently became involved in a dispute that was nothing to do with him - tragically, it resulted in his untimely death."

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