South East Wales

Brothers jailed for life for murdering Stephen Lambert

Stephen Lambert Image copyright Wales News Service
Image caption Stephen Lambert was known as to his friends as Lammy

Two half-brothers have been jailed for life for stabbing their neighbour to death.

Gavin Harris, 39, and Raymond Ball, 33, both of Risca, killed Stephen Lambert after a drunken row.

Harris was jailed for a minimum of 21 years and eight months and Ball was jailed for 22 years and six months after pleading guilty to murder.

The attack happened at Mr Lambert's home in Risca, near Newport, Cardiff Crown Court heard.

'Vicious and senseless'

The court heard how the trio had been drinking and listening to music together shortly before the attack.

Mr Lambert fell out with the half-brothers and asked them to leave his flat before they grabbed knives and stabbed him five times.

Judge Mrs Justice Nicola Davies said: "This was a frenzied attack on a defenceless man.

"Nothing Stephen Lambert said or did should have led to this vicious and senseless stabbing."

Mr Lambert was taken to the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport where he died from his injuries.

Image copyright Gwent Police
Image caption Harris and Ball were arrested close to the scene of the crime