Stoke & Staffordshire

Man jailed for Burton-on-Trent stabbing murder

George Lawrence
Image caption Lawrence had denied murder

A 46-year-old man has been found guilty of murdering a father-of-two from Staffordshire.

Connor Upton, 21, from Burton-on-Trent, was stabbed outside a nightclub in the town in June last year.

George Lawrence, also from Burton-on-Trent, was sentenced at Stafford Crown Court to life imprisonment. He must serve at least 22 years.

Det Insp Darren Harding, of Staffordshire Police, said Mr Upton was "murdered in cold-blood".

"Lawrence stabbed Connor and then ran from the scene in panic. His actions have robbed two young girls of a father and devastated Connor's family and friends," Det Insp Harding said.

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