Lincolnshire

Mark Titley stabbed friend in heavy bag row

A homeless drug addict has been jailed for 10 years after admitting the manslaughter of a friend.

Lincoln Crown Court heard the pair had argued over who should carry the heaviest bag of stolen goods.

Mark Titley, 38, stabbed Gary Hayes, 44, in the heart, after stealing bread and milk from Lincoln County Hospital.

A jury was unable to reach a verdict in his murder trial last week. Titley had claimed to have only punched Hayes after being threatened with a knife.

But Titley, who was living in a night shelter for the homeless at the time of the offence, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Mr Hayes on 14 April in court on Monday.

Paul Mann QC, prosecuting, told the jury that the two men and another friend took drugs at Mr Hayes' home in Walnut Place, Lincoln.

Hayes collapsed at the junction of Portland Street and Kesteven Street and paramedics were unable to save his life.

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