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Man jailed for David Law's stab murder in Milton Keynes

Suresh Nahar
Image caption Suresh Nahar claimed he had acted in self defence

A man who stabbed his friend to death in a "sudden explosion of violence" in Milton Keynes has been jailed for 20 years.

Suresh Nahar, 32, stabbed his friend David Law, 33, nine times at Mr Law's home in September 2011.

Nahar, of Gurnards Avenue, Fishermead, Milton Keynes, was found guilty of the murder at Luton Crown Court on Tuesday.

The court heard Nahar had paranoid delusions, but did not have a mental illness.

Before sentence was passed, the court was told Nahar had wrongly believed Mr Law was responsible for a number of misfortunes that had befallen his family.

Judge Richard Foster, passing sentence, said: "No-one apart from you will ever know precisely what was the cause of events on that Monday evening.

'Cannabis users'

"What's absolutely clear is the evening ended about 20:00 GMT with you inflicting multiple stab wounds on David Law."

Image caption David Law died after being stabbed nine times

The court had earlier heard Nahar and Mr Law were regular cannabis users and had previously worked together at a food producer in Milton Keynes.

On the evening of 5 September last year, Nahar had gone to Mr Law's home in Litchfield Down, Walnut Tree, in the town.

At about 20:00 GMT, Mr Law's neighbours suddenly heard a commotion and shouting break out in his back garden, the court heard.

Jurors heard something had triggered a sudden explosion of violence, which ended with Nahar attacking Mr Law and stabbing him with a lock knife in the back garden.

Mr Law died later in hospital from his injuries.

Nahar had denied the murder charge, claiming he acted in self defence.

During his trial, he chose not to give evidence from the witness box.

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