Midlands man jailed for life for stabbing rival pool player to death

Lyndon Smith had an argument over 'pool rules'

Lyndon Smith was jailed with a minimum of 22 years

Thursday, March 15, 2018

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.