Hereford & Worcester

Killer of Rubery man Jonathan Crow jailed

Jonathan Crow
Image caption Jonathan Crow was stabbed twice in the thigh with a pair of kitchen scissors

A Birmingham man has been given an indeterminate sentence for stabbing a man to death with a pair of scissors.

Gary Dienn, 25, of Bromford Drive, admitted the manslaughter of Jonathan Crow, 41, at Worcester Crown Court.

Dienn stabbed Mr Crow twice in the thigh at the victim's flat in Maple Road in Rubery, north Worcestershire, on 25 March.

Judge Patrick Thomas QC told Dienn he would serve a minimum of four years before being considered for release.

Speaking after the case, Det Insp Jon Marsden of West Mercia Police said Dienn initially claimed he had acted in self-defence.

'Articulate and clever'

"The full circumstances of what happened inside the flat may never be established.

"The taking of another life, regardless of intent, is a very serious matter and the sentence reflects that."

Mr Crow, who was known as Jonno, has been described as a much loved son and brother and as a popular man with many friends.

Speaking on behalf of the family, sister Melissa Crow said: "He was a member of a family that loved him very much and we miss him terribly every day.

"Today we learnt of his last moments and it breaks our hearts to know we were unable to help him or say our goodbyes.

"We would ask everyone to remember my brother as we do - articulate, clever and lots of fun.

"We will never come to terms with his sudden and tragic death."

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