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Bristol man convicted of murder after stabbing neighbour to death

Barry called 999 immediately after the incident. Photo: Avon and Somerset Police

A 56-year-old man who stabbed his neighbour to death has been convicted of murder following a trial at Bristol Crown Court.

Jeffery Barry admitted killing Kamil Ahmad in July last year but claimed it was manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility.

However, following a two week trial a jury concluded he deliberately targeted 48-year-old Mr Ahmad and was of sound mind at the time of the incident.

The court heard Barry had been discharged from a private mental health hospital the day before he attacked Kamil.

Police say on the day of his release he spent more than four hours drinking in two bars before returning to his home shortly before midnight.

A couple of hours later, officers say he then climbed the stairs to the second floor on which Kamil lived, knocked on his door and attacked him with a knife.

A post-mortem examination found Kamil died from multiple stab wounds.

Barry was sentenced at Bristol Crown Court. Credit: ITV West Country

Immediately after the incident Barry had called 999.

Senior Investigating Officer Detective Chief Inspector Richard Ocone says although Barry has a history of serious mental illness, "at the time he attacked Kamil he knew exactly what he was doing".

He deliberately armed himself with a knife and purposefully went to Kamil’s flat and brutally attacked him.

It is clear in the 999 call he subsequently made that he was already thinking of his defence and the jury rightly recognised he was fully responsible for his actions.

The public are now much safer with him off the streets for he is an exceptionally dangerous man.

– DCI Richard Ocone,