Damien Fyson scissors killing: Shaun Patrick Lacey jailed

Damian Fyson Damian Fyson's body was found in his flat in Stoke-on-Trent on 8 January

A "heartless killer" who fatally stabbed his friend in the chest with a pair of scissors has been jailed.

Shaun Patrick Lacey, 40, of no fixed address, killed Damien Fyson, 37, while he was asleep in his flat in Wainwright Walk in Stoke-on-Trent.

Lacey denied murder but pleaded guilty to manslaughter at Birmingham Crown Court on Monday.

Shaun Patrick Lacey Shaun Patrick Lacey was sentenced to 12 and a half years in prison and five years on licence

He was sentenced to 12 and a half years in prison and told he would serve a further five years on licence.

Police said the men had been drinking heavily with friends on 7 January.

Lacey carried out the attack in the early hours of the following morning.

Det Insp Dave Johnston said: "It was noted by the judge that his actions had no apparent motive and were simply fuelled by excessive alcohol."

Mr Fyson's mother, Cherie Jackson, said: "No sentence can bring Damien back to us.

"However, we would like to thank the judge and prosecution for seeing Lacey for what he is, a cruel and heartless killer, and passing such a long sentence."

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