Morecambe man jailed for killing friend

A QUICK tempered man who carried out a fatal stabbing at a flat in Lancaster has been given an indeterminate jail sentence.

Hugh McMahon was cleared by a jury of murder, but convicted of manslaughter. He must serve a minimum of 6 years and 363 days before the parole board can consider his case.

McMahon accepted that he caused a knife wound which penetrated the heart of forty one years old Colin Wilson, but had claimed to a jury in his trial that he had acted in self defence while trying to get him to back off.

McMahon, 42, had denied murder and an alternative charge of manslaughter over the death of Mr Wilson last November. He died following a single stab wound in the living room of a flat on Cawthorne Street.

McMahon was sentenced by Judge Anthony Russell QC. He told McMahon: “One blow was delivered in temper.”

He told McMahon he accepted the offence was not premeditated.

He added: “It seems to me you lose your temper quickly and resort to weapons when you do so.”

The unanimous verdicts, not guilty of murder, but guilty of manslaughter were delivered by a following a trial at Preston Crown Court.

Both the defendant and Mr Wilson had a connection with drugs and had spent time together that weekend.

McMahon had said in evidence that he had fallen asleep in the living room that evening and woke up to discover some of his drugs had gone. An argument arose and he claimed that Mr Wilson threw a punch at him, but missed before making a rush at him.

The defendant had grabbed hold of a knife from the coffee table. He told the court “I just wanted him to back off”. The prosecution had alleged that he plunged the knife into his chest, to a depth of just over four inches.