Manchester

Stuart Smith manslaughter: Man jailed indefinitely

Daniel Walker
Image caption Police described Daniel Walker's actions as "reckless"

A 23-year-old man has been jailed for the manslaughter of a man he stabbed at a party in Greater Manchester.

Daniel Walker, of Devon Road, Tyldesley, attacked Stuart Smith, 23, at a party in the town in May.

He was found guilty of manslaughter and possessing a bladed article in a public place at Liverpool Crown Court.

He was jailed indefinitely for public protection and told he would serve a minimum of six years in prison before being considered for parole.

Greater Manchester Police said the men had fought during the party, in Rutland Road, before Walker went home.

He later returned and stabbed Mr Smith in the torso, police said.

Mr Smith ran from the scene but collapsed and was taken to hospital, where he died from his injuries.

Det Ch Insp Phil Reade said: "Walker had a personal issue with Stuart following an argument a few weeks before and took it upon himself to 'resolve' the situation.

"Sadly this led to Mr Smith's untimely death.

"He (Walker) did not like the fact that Stuart had got the better of him during the fight and decided he would take his revenge by stabbing him in the torso before he proved how cowardly he is by running away."

He added: "Walker's reckless and needless actions have left Stuart's loved ones without a son, grandson, uncle, cousin, brother and friend.

"I hope the time he spends behind bars makes him realise the pain and upset he has caused."

Police thanked the community for its support.

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