Cumbria

Man admits manslaughter of Joseph Howard in family feud

Joseph Howard
Image caption Mr Howard died in hospital after being stabbed on a Carlisle housing estate

A man has admitted stabbing a 34-year-old to death in Carlisle over a long-running family feud.

Joseph "Downie" Howard died after being found with a stab wound at a house in Balfour Road, Raffles, on 16 January.

Desmond Young, 39, had denied murder, but a guilty plea to manslaughter was accepted at Carlisle Crown Court.

His son, also Desmond Young, 17, admitted aiding an offender. Both men, of Balfour Road, will be sentenced in July.

Lie on file

A charge of perverting the course of justice against the 17-year-old will be discontinued but will lie on his file.

The court was told Mr Young had helped his father by driving him to Scotland after the killing.

A charge of perverting the course of justice by washing away bloodstains against Mr Young's daughter Katie Humphreys, 20, of Balfour Road, will be discontinued but will lie on file.

Det Ch Insp Jason Hudson, of Cumbria Police, who led the inquiry, said the case had been "challenging and difficult".

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