Knowsley Dad jailed for killing burglar after watching break-in over Ring doorbell

Halewood stabbing
Jordan Brophy was stabbed multiple times while attempting to burgle a house in Halewood.

A dad who stabbed a burglar to death after watching him raid his house through a Ring doorbell has been jailed for 19 years.

Jordan Brophy, 31, was attacked with such ferocity that two shards of a broken blade were left lodged in his skull following the incident in Halewood, on Merseyside, in October 2021.

The attack was instigated by Karl Townsend, who was cleared of Mr Brophy's murder by a jury, but was convicted of manslaughter, on Thursday, 5 August.

Sentencing him, Judge Andrew Menary QC said: “Jordan Brophy was no angel, he had a number of previous convictions and was under investigation for other matters at the time.

“Whatever he was doing on the night, he plainly did not deserve to die as he did.”

The trial, at Liverpool Crown Court, previously heard how 32-year-old Townsend had left his home on Beechwood Avenue in his Mercedes shortly after 6:25pm on 29 October 2021.

His house was left empty at that time, with his girlfriend Amelia Rigby having been walking the dog with the couple's three-year-old child.

Within minutes of Townsend leaving, Jordan Brophy arrived with three others in a convoy of cars and smashed their way into the property.

After being made aware of the burglars through his Ring doorbell, Townsend and his half-brother Jamie Cunningham, 23, armed themselves with knives and made their way to the house.

Townsend became aware of the burglars after his Ring Doorbell sent a notification. Credit: Ring doorbell / PA images

Mr Brophy was knifed in the eye, by father-of-one Townsend, with the weapon severing his right optic nerve, piercing the skull on both sides.

The blade was "wielded with such force" that it snapped, with a portion of the knife remaining lodged in his skull.

Mr Brophy was then stabbed again "a number of times" before another blow entered just above the right eyebrow, leaving a further section of the knife behind.

Townsend is then said to have then "attempted to run him over in a car", but missed and crashed into a garden wall.

The prosecution say the burglar was then pinned and stabbed in the neck three times with the "remnant" of the same knife.

Pathologist Dr Alison Armour, who examined the body of Brophy, said she had never seen injuries like it in her 30 year career and said it would have required a “severe” level of force to inflict.

Karl Townsend was jailed for 19 years for the manslaughter of Jordan Brophy. Credit: Merseyside Police

A sob could be heard from the public gallery as the judge described injuries to Mr Brophy.

He said: “On any level, the unlawful violence used by you was truly shocking.”

Judge Menary said he found Mr Brophy was not armed with a weapon when he was attacked by Townsend and could not defend himself.

At Liverpool Crown Court on Friday, 6 August, Townsend was convicted of Category A manslaughter and possession of a bladed article and sentenced to 19 years in prison.

Townsend shrugged to members of his own family as he left the dock.

About 10 members of Mr Brophy’s family sat in the public gallery for the hearing and cheered when the sentence was announced.

In a victim personal statement read out by Jordan’s mother to court, she said: “It is not in god’s plan for a mother to lose her child. I am not living nor will I ever feel like I am.

"Some days I barely exist. The holidays, the family gatherings the 100 texts and phone calls a day have been taken away from me and all I am left with are memories and photographs.

"As a whole family, we have been torn apart.”

Townsend's half-bother Jamie Cunningham, of Penmann Crescent, was cleared of murder during an earlier trial.

On Friday, he was sentenced to two years community service for possession of a bladed article, plus the six months in prison he has already served.

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