A man who watched a burglar breaking into his home on a doorbell camera before stabbing him to death has been jailed for 19 years at Liverpool Crown Court.
Last year a jury cleared 32-year-old Karl Townsend of murdering Jordan Brophy, 31, outside his home in Halewood, Merseyside, on October 29 last year, but found him guilty of manslaughter. Judge Andrew Menary QC, sentencing at Liverpool Crown Court on Friday, said: "Jordan Brophy was no angel, he had a number of previous convictions and was under investigation for other matters at the time. "Whatever he was doing on that night, he plainly did not deserve to die as he did."
The judge described how Mr Brophy and three others had targeted Karl Townsend's home while he, his partner, and child were out, with the intention of carrying out a "smash and grab" burglary to steal a quantity of drugs. The court heard how the would-be burglars turned up at Townsend's home in Beechwood Avenue in a convoy of vehicles and even left a getaway driver outside. Townsend saw them arrive on cameras through a Ring doorbell app before returning with his younger half-brother Jamie Cunningham, both of them armed with large knives.
Mr Brophy was stabbed multiple times in the head, face, and arms by Townsend inside the property before he stabbed him again in the neck on the road outside, the court was told.
The judge told Townsend: "On any level, the unlawful violence used by you was truly shocking."
Mr Brophy's mother, Lisa Ward, read a statement to the court, she said: "Jordan was by no means perfect and innocent but never did anyone ever, ever, have the right to take him from me."
Anesta Weekes QC, defending Townsend, said the night's events all began with the "unlawful trespass" of Townsend's home by three men. She said: "His case was that he wanted them to be gone. "What he never anticipated was, carrying his own knife to use towards somebody else, that those in the house may carry weapons."
Members of Mr Brophy's family who were in attendance at court gasped as Ms Weekes said there may have been no defensive injuries on Mr Townsend as he was "better at defending himself".
Judge Menary told the court how Mr Brophy had not been armed with a weapon when Townsend attacked him, saying that "he did not expect a confrontation."
Mr Brophy's family who sat in the public gallery during the hearing cheered when the sentence was passed down. Charley Bates: Boy, 16, Stabbed To Death In Radstock, Somerset