BBC NEWS Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific North Midlands/East West/South-West London/South North Midlands/East West/South-West London/South
BBCi NEWS   SPORT   WEATHER   WORLD SERVICE   A-Z INDEX     

BBC News World Edition
 You are in: UK: England  
News Front Page
Africa
Americas
Asia-Pacific
Europe
Middle East
South Asia
UK
England
N Ireland
Scotland
Wales
Politics
Education
Business
Entertainment
Science/Nature
Technology
Health
-------------
Talking Point
-------------
Country Profiles
In Depth
-------------
Programmes
-------------
BBC Sport
BBC Weather
SERVICES
-------------
EDITIONS
Wednesday, 18 December, 2002, 16:40 GMT
Murder verdict on knife killing
The Fleece Inn at Addingham
The killing happened outside the Fleece Inn
A West Yorkshire man who killled a pub-goer when he tried to intervene in a brawl has been jailed for life.

Family and friends of the murdered man cheered as the verdict was passed on Leroy Griffiths from Addingham near Ilkley.

Griffiths, 47, who is originally from Barbados, was found guilty at Leeds Crown Court of the murder of 21-year-old Mark Webster from Norwood near Harrogate.

Mr Webster was killed by a single stab wound to the chest outside the Fleece Inn at Addingham in the early hours of Easter Sunday.

Leroy Griffiths
Leroy Griffiths is starting a life sentence

The court heard that Mr Webster tried to calm Griffiths down after he threatened regulars at the Fleece with a knife following an argument with a young woman.

Judge Peter Charlesworth said that Griffiths had shown no remorse.

He added that he was convicted on overwhelming evidence of deliberately and intentionally killing a "decent and fine young man who was only trying to persuade him to lay down his knife and keep the peace."


Click here to go to BBC Berkshire Online

Click here to go to BBC North Yorkshire
Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more England stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more England stories

© BBC ^^ Back to top

News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East |
South Asia | UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature |
Technology | Health | Talking Point | Country Profiles | In Depth |
Programmes