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Marcin Pawlow manslaughter: Daniel Sobisz jailed for 13 years

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Image caption Daniel Sobisz was arrested in Leicester a month after the stabbing

A man who fatally stabbed a 30-year-old man has been jailed for 13 years.

Daniel Sobisz, of no fixed address, stabbed fellow Polish national Marcin Pawlow in his hip, thigh and shoulder at a flat in Blackpool on 23 December.

Sobisz, who was arrested in Leicester in January and initially charged with murder, admitted manslaughter in June.

After Sobisz, 35, was jailed at Preston Crown Court on Tuesday, Lancashire Police said he would be deported after completing his prison sentence.

Det Ch Insp Dean Holden said Mr Pawlow "was subjected to a brutal and callous assault... which left him dying in the street".

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Image caption Mr Pawlow was found with stab wounds on Central Drive, Blackpool

Six Blackpool men - aged 31, 32, 33, 34, 45 and 52 - who were arrested on suspicion of murder were all earlier released without charge.

Julie Reilly, of the Crown Prosecution Service, called it a "tragic case" and said Mr Pawlow had been invited to Blackpool by his friend so that would not be alone over Christmas.

He had been in the area just four hours when was stabbed by Mr Sobisz, she said.

An argument broke out between a group of Polish men who had been socialising at an address in Central Drive in the early hours of 23 December, police said.

Mr Pawlow was asked to leave the flat but later returned with a fire extinguisher.

As he tried to gain entry to the property, he waited for the flat door to open and sprayed foam inside.

Police said he was then knocked down the stairs and stabbed with a kitchen knife before stumbling out of the building where he was found badly injured.

He later died in Blackpool's Victoria Hospital.

Sobisz, who fled the scene after the attack and travelled to the East Midlands, was discovered in Leicester following a police manhunt.

Mr Holden called Sobisz "a dangerous individual".

"Marcin Pawlow should have been looking forward to Christmas Day with friends, but it was to be a Christmas he would never see," he added.

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