Man jailed for 16 years after stabbing neighbour to death in drunken parking space row

Man jailed for 16 years after stabbing neighbour to death in drunken row

Darren Madigan has been jailed for 16 years

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

A man has been sentenced to 16 years in prison after stabbing his neighbour to death in a row about parking spaces, Court News UK reports.

Darryn Madigan stabbed John Martin in the heart moments after getting out of a minicab. The victim's partner witnessed the attack, the Kilburn Times reported.

The attack took place after Martin shouted drunken insults towards Madigan's flat, after returning from a night out in August last year in Kingsbury, London.

Police, paramedics and an air ambulance attended the incident, however Martin was pronounced dead at the scene. Madigan, who was still present, was arrested by police upon their arrival.

During the trial prosecutors said: “The fact [Martin] was drunk and abusive may do little to endear him to you.

“However, none of that provides the defendant with a defence to murder, nor could it, since the mere fact that someone is drunk and abusive could never justify killing that person in cold blood.”

The attacker admitted manslaughter at the beginning of his trial last week, however the jury found him guilty of murder.