Brothers jailed over Sunderland stab murder

Ryan and Anthony Ferguson
Image caption Ryan Ferguson, left, and his brother Anthony had planned to steal Mr Redpath's plasma TV

Two brothers have been jailed after a Sunderland man was stabbed to death during a robbery.

Keith Redpath, 46, was found with a stab wound to his chest outside his Tower Street West home on 16 January. He died later in hospital.

Ryan Ferguson, 19, from Sunderland, was jailed for life for murder at Newcastle Crown Court, with a tariff of 18 years.

His brother Anthony, 35, also of Sunderland, was jailed for five years for robbery.

The pair had admitted the offences at an earlier hearing.

Their cousin Robert Redman, 22, also of Tower Street, Sunderland, had earlier admitted handling the stolen TV and assisting an offender. He was sentenced to 52 weeks in prison, suspended for two years

The court heard the brothers broke into Mr Redpath's home with the intention of stealing a plasma TV and video games consol.

But when he put up a fight, Ryan Ferguson picked up a steak knife and stabbed him in the chest.

Image caption Mr Redpath died in hospital

Mr Redpath was later found by a neighbour on the pavement outside his home.

Judge David Hodson accepted Mr Redpath's death had not been planned.

After the hearing Det Ch Insp Peter Bent of Northumbria Police, said: "We hope that seeing justice done will provide some comfort to Mr Redpath's family who are still grieving his loss in this tragic case.

"We are indebted to the local people who assisted us in our work."

Mr Redpath's son Callum, 20, said: "I do not understand how anybody could do such a horrible thing as these criminals did to my dad.

"It is nice to know that they have been sent to prison but that will not bring my dad back."

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