Party brawl stab killer jailed for life
A man who killed another during a brawl at a house party has been jailed for life.
Daniel Allott, 27, armed himself with a knife and stabbed Connan Mcleod, 23, at the flat in Stone, Staffordshire, on 12 April.
The pair had clashed earlier in a drunken confrontation at a nearby park.
Allott was ordered to serve at least 22 and a half years in jail after he was convicted of murder at Stafford Crown Court.
Allott, of Bagots Oak, Stafford, had smashed a beer bottle over Mr McLeod's head and left the park for the party in Whitemill Lane.
Mr Mcleod, from Stone, also went to the party in a bid to settle the earlier argument, and ended up in a fistfight with Allott's cousin.
Police said during the fight Allott took a knife from the kitchen and used it to stab Mr Mcleod in the chest. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
In a tribute, Mr McLeod's family called for tighter controls on knives.
"Connan will be missed forever, by so many people, all because of one mindless act of violence," a statement said.
Det Insp Glyn Pattinson, of Staffordshire Police, said Allott had made a "deliberate decision" to involve himself in a fight between two unarmed men.
"He may have been affected by alcohol but Allott knew exactly what he was doing," he said.