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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

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Barrow man murdered in knife attack - verdict

A BARROW man was murdered by a young father in a frenzied knife attack a jury has found.

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Jamie Armstrong

Jamie Armstrong, 21, claimed that 23-year-old Carlisle bar worker Luke Hollingsworth was killed by two masked intruders who burst into his friend’s home demanding drugs and cash.

Mr Hollingsworth’s girlfriend found his body in the blood splattered bathroom of his home in Etterby Lea Road, Stanwix, last year.

He had suffered catastrophic knife wounds to his back, eye and head.

Armstrong was lying on the floor nearby, and from the beginning he insisted the murder was the work of two masked, glove-wearing intruders he could not name.

But a jury today rejected his version of the tragedy, declaring him guilty of murder after deliberating their verdict at Carlisle Crown Court.

Armstrong has been sentenced to life imprisonment.

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