Dorset

Man jailed for New Year's Eve party murder in Bournemouth

Vladislav Pomozov Image copyright Dorset Police
Image caption Vladislav Pomozov, 45, was found guilty of murder and of wounding with intent

A man has been jailed for life for stabbing his partner's son to death at a New Year's Eve party.

Andrejs Trofimovics, 25, was attacked with a kitchen knife in Cleveland Road in Springbourne, Bournemouth.

Vladislav Pomozov, 45, was found guilty of murder following a 10-day trial and was also convicted of wounding the victim's father with intent.

The judge at Winchester Crown Court ordered he serve a minimum of 18 years in prison.

Image caption Andrejs Trofimovics was found stabbed at a flat in Cleveland Road

The court heard Mr Trofimovics, from Riga in Latvia, had come to Bournemouth to celebrate New Year's Eve with his parents.

Six people attended the party, including Mr Trofimovics, his father Jevgenijs, and his mother's new partner, Pomozov.

Dorset Police said they enjoyed a "mostly good-natured evening" but a minor confrontation over Pomozov's gambling resulted in him stabbing Andrejs once with a kitchen knife.

The fatally-injured man then walked through the kitchen doors and warned his father, who was also subsequently stabbed.

Andrejs died at the scene. His father was taken to hospital with less serious injuries.

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Image caption Andrejs Trofimovics' family said "his actions that night saved his father's life"

Pomozov was sentenced to seven years for wounding to run concurrently with the life sentence.

In a statement, Mr Trofimovics' family, said: "We will never forget our wonderful son, brother, grandson and friend and his actions on that night that saved his father's life."

Det Sgt Mark Jenkins, of Dorset Police's Major Crime Investigation Team, said: "This was a senseless and unprovoked crime resulting in the death of a young man in the prime of his life."

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