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Christmas Day murderer was high on drink and drugs

Oliver Parsons Credit: Sussex Police

A man who high on a cocktail of drink and drugs has been jailed for the murder of a man in a flat in Brighton on Christmas Day last year.

Oliver John Parsons pleaded guilty to murder of Joe Lewis at Lewes Crown Court and was sentenced to life, with a minimum of 18 years to serve, reduced by two years for time already served awaiting trial.

The court heard that Parsons and his 24-year-old victim had spent Christmas Eve together.

Joe Lewis Credit: Sussex Police

They had been out for the day and returned to their friend's flat at Warwick Mount on Montague Street in Brighton around 3pm where they began drinking.

Mr Lewis and Parsons had an argument around 1am and Parsons stabbed Mr Lewis, causing him a single stab wound to the heart. He died at the scene.

Parsons, of no fixed address, was arrested at the scene on the same day and charged two days later.

A minor argument over nothing in particular lead to these tragic events of a young man losing his life and another facing a sentence in prison.

Parsons had drunk a large amount of alcohol and had taken a concoction of cannabis, methadone and a legal high called Euphoria in the hours leading up to the murder.

This so-called legal high is not for human consumption and is clearly dangerous and can have tragic consequences as they have in this situation.

– Detective Chief Inspector Mike Ashcroft, Sussex Police
A packet of legal high found in the flat where Joe Lewis was murdered Credit: Sussex Police