Devon

Man jailed for Teignmouth neighbour stabbing

Lee Webber
Image caption Lee Webber went on the run after the attack

A man who stabbed his neighbour to death in Devon has been jailed for nine years.

Lee Webber, 27, admitted the manslaughter of Dan Bury, 29, who had gone to a Webber's Teignmouth house in January.

Exeter Crown Court heard that an argument followed and fisherman Webber stabbed father-of-three Mr Bury.

Webber claimed it was "an accidental murder", his lawyer Alun Jenkins QC told the court.

The court heard that Webber had been living at his former girlfriend's home in the seaside town, but she had moved out to stay with friends and wanted Webber out.

Mr Bury, who was carrying a rolling pin, demanded Webber move out of her home and tried to break into the property so she could move back in.

The court heard that Webber had gone on the run after the attack and had given himself up two days later in Exmouth, Devon.

Jailing him, Judge Mr Justice Butterfield said: "You have taken the life of a much loved partner, father and son.

"No sentence of mine can restore the life of that man and mend the broken hearts of those whose lives have been devastated."

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