Scott Patterson death: Peter Dodds guilty of murder

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Peter Dodds left his victim on the floor and fled in a car

A man who fatally stabbed a father celebrating the birth of his daughter has been found guilty of murder.

Peter Dodds knifed Scott Patterson in the chest after a confrontation in Blyth, Northumberland, last August.

Mr Patterson's partner, Danielle Sanderson, described him as a "loving dad" and said she was "devastated" by his death.

Dodds, 33, of The Greenway, Uxbridge, west London, was convicted following a trial at Newcastle Crown Court.

Police said Dodds, who was under the influence of cocaine, cannabis and alcohol, rowed with Mr Patterson at the Percy Arms pub before a further confrontation at a mutual friend's house on Hallside Road.

Dodds, who had travelled from London the previous day to visit his girlfriend, then tried to goad Mr Patterson into a fight.

After stabbing him with a knife he had taken from the kitchen, Dodds left the scene in a car and threw the blade out of one of the vehicle's windows.

'This isn't fair'

In a statement issued after the verdict, Ms Sanderson said the effects of knife crime were "unimaginable".

"Words can't describe how devastated we are," she said.

"Scott was a loving dad to five children who will grow up without having their dad in their lives. This just isn't fair."

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Scott Patterson was not looking for a fight, police said

Det Supt Helen Anderson, of Northumbria Police, said Mr Patterson "was not aggressive in any way" before being attacked.

"Dodds was a violent man who made his intentions perfectly clear," she added.

"When he didn't get what he wanted, he continued antagonising people and even armed himself with a knife."

Dodds, who was also found guilty of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, will be sentenced on Wednesday.

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