Cumbria

Man jailed for feud killing of Joseph 'Downie' Howard

Desmond Young Snr
Image caption Desmond Young Snr had a history of violent behaviour, police said

A man has been given an indeterminate jail term for killing a Carlisle man in a long-running family feud.

Joseph "Downie" Howard, 34, died after being stabbed at a house in Balfour Road, on 16 January.

Desmond Young, 39, of Balfour Road, had denied murder, but admitted manslaughter. He was given a minimum term of eight years and six months.

His son, also Desmond Young, 17, admitted aiding an offender and was given 12 months in youth custody.

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

Preston Crown Court was told the teenager had helped his father by driving him to Scotland after the killing.

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

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

Mr Howard's mother said after the hearing: "We came here today not thinking retribution, but justice.

"Desmond Young Snr, although in prison, will see his family again. We will not see Downie again and neither will his one-year-old daughter.

"We are a strong family and we will now try to move on with our lives."

Det Ch Insp Jason Hudson of Cumbria Police, who led the investigation, said: "Mr Howard was a young man whose life was needlessly ended by a violent and dangerous individual.

"Desmond Young Snr has a history of serious violence and the community of north Cumbria is a safer place with his imprisonment.

"His son's sentence reflects his involvement in the incidents of violence and the assistance he gave his father in attempting to escape capture. "

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