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A man who stabbed a thief to death after he was seen breaking into his home on video of the doorbell has been jailed for 19 years.
On October 29 last year, a jury convicted Karl Townsend, 32, of murdering Jordan Brophy of St Helens outside his Halewood home established, but found him guilty of manslaughter.
Sentencing him at Liverpool Crown Court on Friday, Judge Andrew Menary QC said: “Jordan Brophy is not an angel, he has had several previous convictions and was being investigated on other matters.
“No matter what he did that night, he clearly shouldn’t have died the way he did.”
The judge said Mr Brophy and three others raided Townsend’s home while he, his partner and children were out for a “smash and robbery” burglary to steal a shipment of controlled drugs.
The court heard the burglars arrived at the property on Beachwood Avenue in a convoy with a fleeing driver outside.
Their arrival was captured on camera through the Ring doorbell app, Townsend returned to his home with a large kitchen knife, and his half-brother Jamie Cunningham, who also had a knife.
The court heard Townsend stabbed Mr Brophy several times in the head, face and arms before stabbed him in the neck again on the road outside.
Sobbing could be heard from the public gallery as the judge described Mr Brophy’s injuries.
“The unlawful violence you’re using is appalling on every level,” he said.
In a statement she read to the court, Mr Brophy’s mother Lisa Ward said: “Jordan was by no means perfect and innocent, but no one ever had the right to take him away from me.”
She said Mr Brophy was on the “wrong path in life” after losing his job at Jaguar Land Rover, where she worked, and had mental health issues.
After waiting more than two years for a mental health referral, he made an appointment with a psychiatrist on Nov. 4 but died before he was able to attend, she said.
Mr Brophy’s family was shocked when Ms Weeks said Mr Townsend may not have suffered a defensive injury because he was “better at protecting himself”.
But Judge Menary said he found Brophy was not carrying a gun when he was attacked by Townsend.
“I didn’t expect a conflict,” he said.
About 10 members of Brophy’s family sat in the public gallery and cheered at the sentencing.
Townsend shrugged to his family as he left the dock.
He was sentenced to two years in prison for possessing a sharp object.
Cunningham, 23, of Penmann Crescent, Halewood, who was acquitted of murder and manslaughter at a previous trial, was sentenced to two years after pleading guilty to possession of the blade item Community supervision and halfway through a 10-day rehabilitation program. through a new trial.