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Man jailed for life for killing friend with bread knife

Jeffrey Beers has been jailed for killing his friend with a bread knife. Photo:

A man from Derbyshire has been found guilty of killing his friend with a bread knife.

Jeffrey Beers, from Long Eaton, thrusted a knife six inches into 63-year-old Nigel Mcgurk and told police that he "wished he would shut up and die."

It happened at the end of August last year at Beers' flat in West Park Court on Broad Street, Long Eaton.

Nigel Mcgurk was killed by Jeffrey Beers Credit: BPM Media

The pair had met 18 months before while both on the same ward at the Royal Derby Hospital. They became friends as both were alcoholics and lived close by.

On August 29th police received a 999 call from Beers from his ground floor flat where he told the call operator how he had stabbed Mr McGurk.

The scene at the flat after Mr Mcgurk was stabbed Credit: BPM Media

After being arrested, Beers told a nurse at St Mary’s Wharf police station in Derby “I stabbed him, I don’t regret it, he had it coming”.

Beers admitted he delivered the fatal stab wound which killed his victim, but denied he intended to take his life. He was sentenced to life with a minimum 15 years.

Mr Mcgurk's family paid tribute to him after the verdict, saying he was a "gentle man."

Nigel was one of six siblings and had a difficult life which was marred by significant mental health problems.

But he was never a violent person, he was a gentle man who was never aggressive.

– Nicola Barber, Mr McGurk's niece