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Stoke Newington cigarette row: Two jailed over killing

Two people have been jailed over the killing of a housemate in north London.

Paul Duffy, 40, of Craven Park Road, Stoke Newington, was struck around the head with a hammer by his pregnant girlfriend, Nadia Boukhari.

He was also stabbed in the chest by John Green, 48, following a drunken row about a cigarette in a friend's living room in January, the Old Bailey heard.

Boukhari, 43, received seven years for manslaughter while Green will serve at least 14 years for murder.

The court heard that Mr Duffy attacked Boukhari after she refused to give him a cigarette.

Boukhari then picked up a hammer and hit her boyfriend of two years, three times, fracturing his skull.

Green wounded the victim twice with a kitchen knife.

Judge Brian Barker, the Common Serjeant of London, said Green had not intended to kill.

"The actions of you both were a complete over-reaction to Mr Duffy's aggressive and drunken behaviour," he added.

Boukhari subsequently had a miscarriage, the court heard.

The three lived together in Stoke Newington and were alcoholics who had been drinking on the day of Mr Duffy's death, the court was told.

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