The widow of a murdered pub landlord has spoken of her "indescribable pain" as his killer was jailed for a minimum of 28 years.
Lee Abbott, 35, was jailed for life at Liverpool Crown Court on Friday after being found guilty of the murder of father-of-three Christian Thornton, 49, outside the Hammer and Pincers pub in Widnes on August 11 last year, a spokesman for Cheshire Police said.
In a statement released after the sentencing, Mr Thornton's widow Pam said:
The court heard Abbott had gone to the pub armed with a large kitchen knife and stabbed Mr Thornton 11 times.
He had been barred from all pubs in the area for 12 months as part of the PubWatch scheme after threatening to burn down Mr Thornton's premises.
Abbott, of Rose Street, Widnes, was arrested about an hour later by armed police at his friends's house nearby.
He told officers: "You don't need any evidence, I stabbed him to f***."
He admitted manslaughter but denied murdered on the grounds he did not have the intent to murder as he was heavily intoxicated and had diminished responsibility on the basis of an abnormality of mental functioning.
The jury was told he was sexually abused by a gangster when he was a teenager.
His estranged wife Kerri Abbott told the court Abbott had believed he was Jesus and had episodes where he would "lose touch with reality".
Detective Inspector Kate Tomlinson said: "Abbott's actions that day have torn a family apart and rocked the local community.
"Christian was a well-known character locally, he did so much for local charities and will be greatly missed by many."