Ripley killer Lee Barnes jailed for murdering Christopher Clowes

Lee Barnes
Image caption Barnes stabbed his victim twice in the chest

A Derbyshire man has been jailed for 22 years for murdering a man in a knife attack after an "alcohol-fuelled" row.

Lee Barnes, 38, of Butterley Hill, stabbed Christopher Clowes, 40, of Manor Croft, Ripley, in the chest with a kitchen knife in April.

He was found guilty at Nottingham Crown Court after a four-day trial.

The court heard that Barnes stabbed his victim with such force that the blade of the knife broke after a fight broke out at Barnes' home.

'Vicious stabbing'

Barnes had invited Mr Clowes and his girlfriend around to his house for drinks after they got talking in a pub beer garden in Butterley Hill.

An argument broke out between the two men which ended with blows being traded, the court heard.

Janine Smith, senior district crown prosecutor, said: "Christopher Clowes died after what appeared to have started out as an alcohol-fuelled argument and escalated into a vicious stabbing."

Det Insp Dave Cox, who investigated the murder, said: "Barnes has never showed any remorse for what he did and it was a brutal act."

He added: "I'd like to thank those people who came forward and gave statements. It was a distressing case and the investigation team is very grateful for the assistance the public gave.

"Christopher Clowes' family and his girlfriend will never get over what has happened."

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