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Last Updated: Thursday, 29 November 2007, 18:53 GMT
Samurai killer guilty of murder
Thomas Roe
Thomas Roe was in a "violent rage" when he attacked the men
A father of four who stabbed an innocent man to death with a samurai sword has been found guilty of murder.

Lincoln Crown Court heard Thomas Roe, 42, armed himself and ran out believing an intruder who had walked into his house had tried to rape his wife.

The intruder escaped and instead Roe, of Coleridge Gardens, Lincoln, attacked Carl Taylor, 24, killing him, and Dale Veitch, 29, who was injured.

Roe was also found guilty of wounding. He will be sentenced on 3 December.

'Lost the plot'

Lynn Tayton QC, prosecuting, said Roe chased the intruder into the street in the belief he had tried to attack Roe's wife.

But the intruder had already left the scene when a group of three men, including Mr Taylor and Mr Veitch, stumbled across Roe.

He had "lost the plot" and was still in a violent rage when he attacked the men.

Roe "thrust" the weapon into the left side of the chest of Mr Taylor. He collapsed and died.

Mr Veitch needed hospital treatment for a partially collapsed lung after suffering four stab wounds to his arm and chest.

Roe was remanded in custody until he is sentenced.

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