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Carlton Alexander murder: Ross Ashcroft jailed for life over stabbing

Carlton Alexander Image copyright Greater Manchester Police
Image caption Carlton Alexander (pictured) was fatally stabbed by Ross Ashcroft

A man who fatally stabbed a 23-year-old described by his family as a "true gentleman" has been jailed for life.

Carlton Alexander died after being attacked in Brightmeadow Close in the Breightmet area of Bolton early on 13 December.

Ross Ashcroft, 32, of Leonardo Street, Bolton was charged with murder and possession of an offensive weapon.

At Manchester Crown Court on Wednesday he was sentenced to life in prison and told he would serve at least 20 years.

The court heard a fight broke out between Ashcroft, Mr Alexander, and some of their friends at the home of Mr Alexander's girlfriend.

The fight then spilled out into the street before Ashcroft stabbed Mr Alexander twice in the chest and abdomen with a knife that had been taken from the kitchen.

Duncan Thorpe of Greater Manchester Police said Ashcroft "has proved that there is nothing at all to gain from violence... there are no winners in this fight."

At Manchester Crown Court earlier, Stephen Nambwe, 22, of High Street, Bolton, was sentenced to 10 months in prison after admitting affray and possession of an offensive weapon.

Three other men arrested in connection with Mr Alexander's death were earlier released without charge.

Mr Alexander was described by his family as "the most loving person" and a "true gentleman".

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