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Vladimir Ivanov jailed for the murder of Glyn Rouse in an unprovoked attack in Crawley

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A man has been jailed for life for stabbing a stranger to death in an unprovoked attack in a playground in Crawley.

Vladimir Ivanov stabbed 61-year-old Glyn Rouse in November 2017.

Ivanov attacked Mr Rouse with a kitchen knife in broad daylight.

Mr Rouse was found by passers-by with serious wounds on a footpath near a playground on Cherry Lane.

He died at the scene.

Mr Rouse's family said he was a dedicated musician and excelled on guitar Credit: Sussex Police

Glyn was dedicated to his art and spent a lot of time carrying out this hobby, his amazing talent at art shines through when you look at his numerous paintings and sketches, and it was obvious that he was a very talented, precise and expressive person. He had a large group of friends...they all share our grief in the sudden and tragic loss of our beloved Glyn."

– The family of Glyn Rouse

Ivanov told officers that he took a knife from his home as he went jogging on Cherry Lane that morning.

Mr Rouse and Ivanov were complete strangers to each other, and the pair had no interaction before he attack him.

The 23-year-old told police that "something in my mind told me to do this".

Ivanov was found by officers in the local area and arrested soon afterwards

His motive for killing an innocent man remains unknown. It appears to be borne from the mental state of Ivanov at that time."

– Det Ch Insp Mike Ashcroft

Ivanov pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

He was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 4 years, as well as being detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act.