Man jailed for murdering friend at Chadderton flat

Dale Ross
Image caption Ross was ordered to serve at least 20 years in jail

A man has been jailed for life for killing a man who let him stay at his Greater Manchester flat.

Dale Ross, 46, was living with Tony Dale at his home in Middleton Road, Chadderton, when they had an argument and he stabbed him in the chest.

The day after the 3 February stabbing, Ross withdrew more than £140 from Mr Dale's bank account.

Ross was found guilty of murder at Manchester Crown Court and was ordered to serve a minimum of 20 years.

Greater Manchester Police said Mr Dale, 51, had given Ross his laptop for him to have it fixed, but Ross sold it for £100.

An argument followed and Ross, of no fixed abode, stabbed Mr Dale, leaving the knife embedded in his chest.

'Betrayed kindness'

The next day he withdrew money from his account before going to Oldham police station and telling staff what he had done, police said.

Senior investigating officer Andy Tattersall said: "Anthony put a roof over Ross's head and he has betrayed that kindness by stealing from and ultimately killing him.

"Ross told the court Tony came at him with a knife which he knocked from his hand before accidentally killing him during a struggle, but when found Anthony was still holding his spectacles in his prominent hand.

"Ross's account of what happened simply did not stand up and he has forced Anthony's loved ones to endure a trial."

He added: "I am pleased he has been found guilty of murder and I hope that Anthony's family find comfort in knowing his killer has been jailed for life."

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