Sussex

Jacob Woudstra murder: Killer Adam Skilton jailed

Adam Skilton
Image caption Adam Skilton was ordered to serve a minimum of 26 years in prison

A 42-year-old man has been given a life sentence for the murder of a teenage boy outside an East Sussex pub.

Student Jacob Woudstra, 17, died on 5 April after being stabbed in the chest near the Shah pub in Hastings.

Adam Skilton, of Wilton Road, Bexhill, will serve at least 26 years in prison the judge at Lewes Crown Court ruled.

Det Sgt Sean Scott, from Sussex Police, said: "We're pleased that the family have today got justice for the terrible crime that took him away from them."

He added: "This was a violent attack on a young man who had his life ahead of him.

"Jacob was in the wrong place at the wrong time and inadvertently became involved in a dispute that was nothing to do with him - tragically, it resulted in his untimely death."

The sixth form student was studying for his A-levels when he was attacked in Mount Pleasant Road.

Image caption Jacob Woudstra was stabbed once in the chest outside a pub in Hastings

A post-mortem examination showed he died from a single stab wound to the chest.

Speaking in April after his son's death, Stephen Woudstra told BBC South East his son was a young man who was loved by his family and everyone he met.

Mr Woudstra said: "You've only got to look at his photos and if you look at those photos there's one overriding thing that you see there.

"In every photo he's just happy.

"He was loved by me and his mum and his brothers and everyone he came into contact with. He's just a smiling young man."

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