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Stephen Bennett murder: John Dyer jailed for 21 years

John Dyer Image copyright Merseyside Police
Image caption John Philip Dyer, 25, was arrested shortly after the murder

A man who repeatedly stabbed another man in the back in a "despicable and cowardly" attack has been jailed for 21 years for his murder.

John Philip Dyer, 25, attacked Stephen Bennett at a house on Snowdon Lane in the Vauxhall area of Liverpool early on 19 September.

Mr Bennett, 28, later died in hospital from his injuries.

Dyer, of St Albans Court, Vauxhall denied murder but was found guilty after a trial at Liverpool Crown Court.

His father, John Baden Dyer, 52, admitted assisting an offender and was sentenced to a 12-month suspended sentence.

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Image caption Stephen Bennett died in hospital after he was found with knife wounds

Det Insp Phil Mahon said: "This was a despicable and cowardly attack on a man that resulted in his death. There is no place in our communities for people who commit such violent and horrendous crimes.

"The sentencing of John Dyer today should bring home the enormity of what he has done and the pain and heartache he has caused Stephen's family and friends and our thoughts are with them today."

In a family tribute, Mr Bennett was described as a "true blue" who always had a smile on his face.

His relatives said: "You are loved by all your family and friends and we will all miss you now and forever."

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