A Midlands man who stabbed another man to death in a row over a game of pool has been jailed for life with a minimum of 22 years.
Lyndon Smith, 46, stabbed John Joyce at a Wolverhampton pub after playing pool against the 20-year-old, Birmingham Crown Court heard.
Smith had been playing against Joyce and his friends at The Market Tavern last August, when a row broke out over the rules.
Smith left the pub but returned later that evening armed with a 14cm knife and attacked the Irishman as he headed towards a taxi rank in Bilston High Street.
During a fight Joyce was stabbed four times. Paramedics performed emergency CPR and used a defibrillator in the back of an ambulance but despite their efforts he died at the scene. A post mortem revealed he died from a stab wound to the chest.
Smith was arrested on suspicion of murder by officers a short time later and claimed he’d acted in self-defence.
However, a jury today found him guilty of murder after deliberating their verdict over the space of three days.