Stoke & Staffordshire

Party brawl stab killer jailed for life

Daniel Allott Image copyright Staffordshire Police
Image caption Daniel Allott smashed a bottle over Connan McLeod's head before stabbing him, police said

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.

'Mindless act'

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.

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Image caption Connan McLeod's death was "mindless", his family said
Image copyright Staffordshire Police
Image caption Mr McLeod was stabbed outside the flat in Whitemill Lane in Stone

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.

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