Devizes man jailed for neck stabbing murder

Karl Quincey
Image caption Police described the death as a vicious murder

A man has been jailed for life for stabbing another man 11 times in the neck.

Karl Quincey, 35, from Devizes, Wiltshire, was convicted of murdering Barry Cooper by a jury on Tuesday.

The judge at Winchester Crown Court recommended he serve a minimum of 17 years before he becomes eligible for release.

Mr Cooper, 28, was found lying in a pool of blood in the hallway of a block of flats in Devizes in 2008.

He suffered massive blood loss and, despite surgery, died the next day.

Police described it as a vicious murder.

Wiltshire Police said they had been called to the flats in Victoria Road on 27 June, 2008.

They said Mr Cooper was taken to Great Western Hospital in Swindon where he underwent emergency surgery, but was declared clinically dead the following day.

Det Ch Supt James Vaughan, who led the police investigation, said after Quincey was found guilty: "The thoughts of my team and myself are with Barry's family at this time.

"The anguish and heartache that they have gone through following Barry's murder cannot be measured, but the Wiltshire Police will continue to support them for as long as is necessary to help them recover from this awful experience."

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