Coventry & Warwickshire

David Veall jailed for murder of neighbour in Coventry

David Veall
Image caption Veall stabbed his neighbour during a row in the city in June last year

A Coventry man has been jailed for at least 13 years for the murder of his neighbour last year.

David Veall, 28, from Coventry Street in the Stoke area of the city, was given a life sentence for stabbing Warren Lenagh, also of Coventry Street.

Mr Lenagh, 35, died in hospital from his wounds sustained during a row with Veall on 25 June 2010.

Veall was found guilty by a majority verdict at Warwickshire Justice Centre in Leamington on Thursday.

Speaking after sentencing, Det Insp Simon Astle, from West Midlands Police, said: "This has been a difficult and traumatic time for Warren's friends and family and I hope today's result goes some way to helping them move forward with their lives.

"The sentence sends a message to anyone carrying a knife, or is prepared to use a bladed weapon, that their actions will not be tolerated in the West Midlands.

"I hope that this case helps people to stop and think about the tragic consequences that carrying a knife can have.

"No sentence can change the events of last year but I hope that it offers some comfort to Warren's many friends and his family."

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