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Steven Vice jailed for murdering Wayne Brown in Patchway

Steven Vice
Image caption Steven Vice stabbed Mr Brown to death after an evening of drinking

A man has been jailed for life for murdering his ex-girlfriend's partner.

Bristol Crown Court heard Steven Vice, 22, lost control after his former girlfriend left him for Wayne Brown.

Vice hunted unarmed Mr Brown down and repeatedly stabbed him in the street in Patchway, near Bristol on 9 January, the court heard.

Vice, of Patchway, was found guilty of murder by a jury on Tuesday following a three-week trial at Bristol Crown Court.

Mr Brown, 25, died in hospital after suffering stabbing injuries to his chest and abdomen in Rodway Road.

The court heard Vice could not get over his break-up with his former girlfriend, who had begun a relationship with Mr Brown, the father of a toddler.

'Volatile temper'

He attacked Mr Brown after an evening of drinking, the court heard.

Jailing Vice for for a minimum of 21 years on Wednesday, Judge Neil Ford QC said: "You are a young man with a volatile temper, especially when you have been drinking.

Image caption Mr Brown died in hospital after being stabbed

"You took a knife with you and you have deprived a family of a father."

Jean Mitchell and Vera Davey, Mr Brown's grandmothers, said the outcome of the case had been correct, even though it would not bring their grandson back.

Mrs Mitchell said: "He was brilliant, he was a lovely quiet, homely family man."

Mrs Davey added: "It's ruined the family, it's broken so many hearts."

Det Ch Insp Simon Crisp, of Avon and Somerset Police, said: "If you're a young man and you carry a knife as a weapon then you're a coward, and you will be caught and you will go to prison for a long time, just as Steven Vice has done today."

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