Following a trial at the Old Bailey Robert Parkins, 33, has been given a life sentence for the killing of Alex Fitzpatrick, 30, his girlfriend’s ex partner.
Mr Fitzpatrick was stabbed at least 17 times to the chest and neck in a frenzied knife attack outside the home of his former girlfriend Kelly Anderson in St. Neots, Cambridgeshire.
Presiding judge, Wendy Joseph QC, said on Monday at the Old Bailey that it was a sustained and brutal attack on a man who had no way of defending himself. She went on to say that she was satisfied by the evidence that Mr Parkins had a knife on him and his intention was to threaten or maim the deceased but, losing his temper yet not his self control he used the knife to kill him.
Mr Parkins was found guilty and sentenced to a minimum of 19 years imprisonment. She finished off by saying that Mr Parkins had shown no remorse for the attack nor the effect it had on Mr Fitzpatrick’s 8 year old son who lived at the address. The argument broke out after Mr Fitzpatrick had dropped his son home after they had been swimming on Sunday 13th October.
Ms Anderson then realised her son had forgotten his glasses so her ex partner returned to the property with them. A row ensued on the doorstep between the pair and, on hearing this, Mr Parkins, who had been peeling vegetables in the kitchen, went outside with a knife in his hands.
Tempers flared and Mr Fitzpatrick was stabbed repeatedly. Paramedics rushed to the scene but he was pronounced dead when they arrived. Mr Parkins had fled the scene and thrown the knife away, which led the trial to believe was a deliberate attempt to evade justice.
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