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Jordan Flattery jailed for killing Graham Snowden

Jordan Flattery
Image caption Flattery's actions were described as "cowardly" by the police

A teenager has been jailed for 10 years for killing a father of two at a house in Hertfordshire.

Graham Snowden, 36, was stabbed in the arm and chest at Milestone Road, Hitchin, on 8 January.

Jordan Flattery, 19, of West Close, Hitchin, was sentenced at Croydon Crown Court.

The jury found him guilty of manslaughter but not guilty of murder in July.

Mr Snowden's family said a car crash eight years ago had left him with limited sight and mobility problems.

The family issued a statement after the sentencing: "It is us, Graham's family, who continue to serve a life sentence, as no sentence passed today can ever bring him back.

Image caption Mr Snowden's family said he was "a kind and dedicated family man"

'Loss of control'

"He leaves behind his two beautiful daughters - Elise, 14, and Alana, 8. He has been robbed of the chance of seeing them continue to grow.

"We will live with the legacy of the actions of Jordan Flattery and will never have an answer as to why Graham had his life so cruelly taken from him."

Baljit Ubhey, from the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "The prosecution accept the verdict of the jury who convicted Jordan Flattery on the grounds of loss of control.

"The CPS praises the strength and courage of Graham's family who sat through the trial and listened to the horrific details of how Graham was stabbed to death at a mutual friend's house after a verbal argument."

Det Insp Neil Langford, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said: "The actions of Jordan Flattery were cowardly - he took a man's life and then fled from the scene.

"He deliberately carried a knife on him prior to this incident and this should act as a warning to those who commit such an offence that you will be caught and dealt with."

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