Page last updated at 13:23 GMT, Thursday, 25 June 2009 14:23 UK

Man given life for knife murder

A man who murdered his partner's lover has been jailed for life.

Michael Killeen, 46, of Montague Way, Swaffham, Norfolk, will serve a minimum of 13 years for fatally stabbing 72-year-old Clive Rowe.

Norwich Crown Court heard Killeen went to Mr Rowe's home armed with a kitchen knife and stabbed him 10 times.

Killeen also admitted unlawfully wounding his partner, Natalie Stevenson, who was stabbed twice during the attack on 23 July, 2008.

Ms Stevenson had been Killeen's common law partner for 25 years when she began a relationship with Mr Rowe.

After Killeen became aware of this, he went to Princes Street, Swaffham, armed with a kitchen knife.

Mr Rowe let Killeen into his house and was stabbed in the chest, suffering a puncture to his heart and eight stab wounds in the back.

There is considerable public concern over the carrying of knives at the moment and that has to be reflected in the sentence
Mr Justice Saunders

Ms Stevenson, then aged 47, was also stabbed and suffered a punctured lung. Killeen was arrested a few minutes after the stabbing.

He had denied all offences and was due to stand trial. His barrister, Michael Clare, said Killeen pleaded guilty to murder and unlawful wounding after psychiatric reports were completed.

Killeen denied the attempted murder of Ms Stevenson and no evidence was offered by the prosecution.

Mr Justice Saunders told Killeen he must serve a minimum of 13 years and it would be up to a parole board to decide when he should be released.

"You carried a knife in the streets and visited public houses on your way to Mr Rowe's," he said.

"There is considerable public concern over the carrying of knives at the moment and that has to be reflected in the sentence... this has been a tragedy for you and for everyone else. "

After the case, Det Insp Andy Guy, of Norfolk Police's major investigation team, said: "This is a very sad case for everyone concerned.

"Clive lost his life, Natalie will also bear the scars for this, both physically and mentally, for the rest of her life and Michael Killeen has lost his liberty."



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