Tyne & Wear

Robert Donald jailed for stab death of Lee Houchin

Lee Houchin
Image caption Lee Houchin died in hospital

A Tyneside man has been for jailed for nine years for stabbing his friend to death after a row at a party.

Lee Houchin was discovered with a stab wound to his leg outside his home on Hugh Street in Wallsend on 23 December.

The 35-year-old was taken to hospital in Newcastle, but later died after suffering catastrophic blood loss.

Robert Donald, 29, of Lisle Street, Wallsend, was cleared of murdering Mr Houchin, but convicted of manslaughter.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the pair had argued at a party and later had a more violent confrontation in the street.

During the scuffle Donald stabbed Mr Houchin in the back of his leg, severing a main artery.

Image caption Robert Donald was jailed for nine years

Donald had claimed he started carrying a knife for his own protection and had not deliberately armed himself to attack Mr Houchin.

Outside court, Det Ch Insp Nicola Musgrove of Northumbria Police, said: "This incident highlights the extreme dangers of knives and should act as a warning to everyone that carrying or using a knife can quickly escalate an argument or an altercation.

"The family of Lee Houchin have been devastated by what happened and I'd like to thank them for their dignity throughout this investigation and hope that the end of this trial means they can begin to move on."

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